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2004 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
abv 14.1%
  • 95 WA
  • 86 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 54555-2004
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    A 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: 93

    Good 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 Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 86

    Marked 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: 94

    Drink Dates: 2007-2037
    Author: Chris Ahearn
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Author: Dnadoc00
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Naperwino
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Author: JAP
  • Self | Rating: 93

    14.1% 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 wine
    Author: dougwilder
  • Self | Rating:

    Charlie likes this winery!
    Author: Michael N594
  • Self | Rating: 92

    quite nice after one hour, suspect it could benefit for more air time
    Author: Seaway J
  • Self | Rating:

    Sold @ $90 to Norm
    Author: Jeff
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Still 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's
    Drink Dates: 2014-2020
    Author: Bobh
"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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California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2346 bottles owned
  • 354 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 354 collectors)