2004 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95A classic, old style Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Montelena's 2004 reveals beautiful purity along with lots of creme de cassis fruit, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and a long finish. By Montelena standards, it is a bit more powerful than usual (14.1% alcohol). These wines have an uncanny ability to age for 2-3 decades, and while the 2004 is slightly more forward and evolved than other vintages have been (2001 and 2002), it should last for 20-25 years.Author: Robert Parker
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93Good bright ruby-red. Aromas of cassis, licorice, dark chocolate and menthol. Dense, thick and powerful, with a chewy texture and impressive concentration to the plummy fruit. This has a silky texture but no shortage of inner-mouth energy. Finishes long and aromatic, with late-arriving tannins. In spite of Barrett's description of the |Aussie-like surmaturite| that figured in the harvest of 2004, I am not put off by a hot-vintage character. (However, I retasted the 2003 this year and found it in a very tough stage, with the tannins cutting off the fruit; on this occasion I scored the wine 89+?. My impression is that the 2004 was made from more consistently ripe fruit.). This wine weighs in at 14.2% alcohol, making it the first Montelena estate cabernet to surpass 14% since the '78, which was 14.4%.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2007
Wine Spectator | Rating: 86Marked by herb, sage and loamy, earthy dried currant and berry fruit that's intense and concentrated, but also quite dry and tannic, even bitter. Needs time.Author: James Laube
Self | Rating: 94Drink Dates: 2007-2037Author: Chris Ahearn
Self | Rating: 91Author: Dnadoc00
Self | Rating: 92Author: Naperwino
Self | Rating: 94Author: JAP
Self | Rating: 9314.1% alcohol, 2% Cabernet Franc Aromas: Supple elegance with fig, squeezed red plum and dark chocolate Palate: Blackberry, lead pencil, bittersweet chocolate Impression: Smooth, very poised and balanced - a purely classic wineAuthor: dougwilder
Self | Rating:Charlie likes this winery!Author: Michael N594
Self | Rating: 92quite nice after one hour, suspect it could benefit for more air timeAuthor: Seaway J
Self | Rating:Sold @ $90 to NormAuthor: Jeff
Self | Rating: 94Still showing some purple but starting to smooth out. Drinking very well for a young Montelena. Tons of fruit and a bit high in Alcohol. Big full bodied wine with several years to go but not as long as many of the earlier Montelena'sDrink Dates: 2014-2020Author: Bobh
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
- 2346 bottles owned
- 354 collectors
- Average collector rating: 93
(Out of 354 collectors)