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2003 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

  • 90 WA
  • 87 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 124908-2003-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 87

    ($40) Good red-ruby. Vinous aromas of redcurrant, black cherry, shoe polish and tobacco. Rather dry-edged in the middle, with currant, leather and shoe polish notes offering moderate complexity. Finishes with dusty tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2006
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a dense ruby/purple color in addition to copious quantities of herbaceous-tinged cassis fruit, full body, ripe tannin, and a soft, plump personality. It will be accessible young, yet age for 10-15 years.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Drink Dates: 2005-2020
    Author: Chris Ahearn
  • Anonymous | Rating: 93

    Author: cochrane78
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: JoelCalBear
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Patrick
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: NathanL
"This soars out of the ordinary." -TIME, June 7, 1976 (Judgement of Paris, tasting quote)

This quote embodies the dedication to quality and the consistently elegant, classical style Chateau Montelena has embraced since the early days. The current offerings continue to display adherence to that handcrafted heritage. One of the original "blue-chip" estates of Napa, its illustrious history began in 1882 when Alfred L. Tubbs struck a deal to purchase 254 acres of land at the base of Mount St. Helena, two miles north of Calistoga. "Montelena" is a contracted form of Mount Saint Helena.

The present renaissance of this legendary estate began in 1972 under the leadership of James Barrett. It was thrust into the limelight after the famous Paris Tasting of 1976 when its 1973 Chardonnay walked away from stunned French judges with 1st place in the Chardonnay category. The continuing top-ranking results are testimony to the efforts of James' son Beau, who has maintained the quality performance level since 1982.
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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 435 bottles owned
  • 125 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 125 collectors)