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2005 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
abv 14.3%
  • 95 WA
  • 93 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 54555-2005
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Deep garnet in color, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate leaps from the glass with notes of crushed blackberries, black cherries and Bing cherries with hints of raspberry leaves, bay leaves and underbrush plus a waft of pencil shavings. Medium-bodied, nicely poised, very fresh and beautifully elegant, it has a solid frame of very fine-grained tannins and a very long, berry-laced finish. Still incredibly youthful.
    Author: Lisa Perrotti-Brown
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Good deep ruby-red. Complex aromas of currant, licorice, graphite, bitter chocolate, smoked meat, tobacco and brown spices. Began juicy, penetrating and quite youthfully unevolved, but aeration brought a suppler, rounder texture and more generosity to this impressively structured wine. Complicating notes of bitter cherry, menthol and minerals. This will require a good eight to ten years of aging but the substantial tannins are sweet and lush. Very long, pure and powerful on the finish. Barrett compared this to top previous vintages like 1986 and 1997, the latter, he admitted, |a brett wine.|
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2002-2020
    Author: laeverco
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: PJ Haveron
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Author: Hurraerik
  • Self | Rating:

    Awesome. Not sure where I got this, but wish I had more.
    Author: USA773
  • Self | Rating:

    Charlie's favorite!
    Author: Michael N594
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Good but not nearly ready even with long decant, hold 5+ years
    Drink Dates: 2020-2030
    Author: Patrick
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Good paring with red meats. One of the more solid vintages to date.
    Drink Dates: 2002-2013
    Author: Monty94
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Medium legs. Purple in color. Full bodied. Medium finish. Fleshy texture.
    Author: Michael Dollaz
  • Self | Rating:

    N-28
    Author: Beth C
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Slight vegetal strains but a nice restrained, old style wine. Not the big fruit of some of the current cabs. Good wine.
    Author: Jeffrey M989
"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

  • 1782 bottles owned
  • 303 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 93
    (Out of 303 collectors)