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2005 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

  • 90 WA
  • 82 WS
  • 87 IWC
  • Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon
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SKU: 124908-2005-750

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 87

    ($45) Good deep ruby-red. Wild aromas of cassis, game, leather and licorice, plus a whiff of band-aid. The distinct wildness carries through on the palate, where the dark berry and game flavors are framed by juicy acidity. This is pretty sauvage, and the finish is a bit edgy with acids and tannins.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 82

    Subdued, with herb and cedary oak overlapping dried currant and black cherry fruit that ends with an earthy, murky edge.
    Drink Dates: 2008-2015
    Author: James Laube
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    The winery continues to turn out a strong Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards in the Calistoga area. This is a big production item (10,000 cases), and tends to be a good value for a high-class Napa Cabernet. The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (22,000 cases) is a beauty. Savory black currant fruit notes intermixed with some licorice, underbrush, and spice jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied, smoothly textured, beautifully elegant wine meant to be served and drunk in its first 10-12 years of life. This clearly has the fingerprints of Chateau Montelena's Bo Barrett and his father Jim Barrett, but at a much lower price point, and for that reason seems an ideal steakhouse Cabernet that gives both value and pleasure.
    Drink Dates: 2007-2019
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2009-2016
    Author: Spawn
  • Anonymous | Rating: 88

    Author: cochrane78
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: Jack and Cheryl
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Patrick
  • Self | Rating: 82

    Drink Dates: 2005-2015
    Author: truettiger
  • Self | Rating: 90

    13.7% alcohol Aromas: Dusty graphite and earth, hints of smoke and black fruits Palate: Pure, black fruits, tar, smooth berry and camphor Impression: Restrained power, moderate intensity - good value from an established brand
    Author: dougwilder
  • Self | Rating: 88

    A nice bottle, better than the other scores i've seen
    Author: Steven H695
  • Self | Rating: 80

    good acidity, not memorable
    Author: hipofant
"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

  • 485 bottles owned
  • 151 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 87
    (Out of 151 collectors)