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2010 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml
2010 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

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USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
Red / Cabernet Sauvignon
2010 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
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94(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 168

(14.2% alcohol, vs. 13.9% for the Calistoga bottling): Bright, saturated ruby-red. Deep, complex nose offers cassis, blueberry, mocha, espresso, menthol, bitter chocolate and tobacco. Densely packed and vibrant, with layered, seamless flavors of cassis, licorice and minerals. Shows an almost chocolatey ripeness yet retains outstanding verve. This chewy, superconcentrated wine finishes with ripe, pliant tannins and outstanding length and mineral reserve. Should be long-lived.

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91

Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 209

Chateau Montelea's flagship wine, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Montelena Estate possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as beautiful black currant and blueberry fruit, soft tannins, medium to full body, and a harmonious, supple mouthfeel. This classic, old style California Cabernet has been tweaked somewhat as evidenced by its sweeter tannins and more upfront fruit. Enjoy it over the next 15+ years.

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91

Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

This red combines a sleek, rich core of dark berry, black licorice, roasted coffee and cedar flavors with a black licorice underpinning. The texture is firm, but the tannins have a fleshy side, with a long, clean finish. Shows a more supple, graceful, accessible style of Montelena Cabernet.

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94

Vinous Author: Antonio Galloni Issue: Nov 2013

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is immediate, juicy and expressive in this vintage. At the same time, it seems pretty clear that the 2010 needs at least a few more years in bottle. Today, it is a bit disjointed as it is neither primary, nor showing too many tertiary notes or complexity. Sweet tobacco, leather, licorice, menthol and spices emerge over time, but the 2010 is a wine built for the cellar. There is plenty of density, but it needs time to emerge.

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