2003 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 1.5L

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WA 94+   IWC 91(+?)?   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 94+

A big wine from the Barrett family (14.2% alcohol), this 2003 exhibits earthy black currant fruit, the restrained but intense Montelena style, full body, good richness and impeccable balance, purity and density. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple and the wine shows lots of cassis. In spite of the restrained aromatics, the palate is rich, full-bodied, substantial and persuasive. This 2003 is approachable now, but it will be even more gorgeous 15, 20 and 25 years from now. This is a heritage wine from this great estate in northern Napa Valley.

Drink Dates: 2013-2038
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 207

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91(+?)?

Bright ruby-red. Sweet aromas of black cherry, flowers, menthol and creosote. Supple, sweet and fine-grained, though not especially nuanced for this wine. Strong note of chocolate. Finishes with a fairly fine dusting of tannins and lingering notes of cherry and licorice. This seems a bit less vibrant than it was from barrel a year ago. Barrett noted that the December 2005 bottling date was quite late for this wine, and my sample had not yet recovered.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Richard N1962
Trust Rating: 89
Tasted On: 12/26/2012
Very nice and drinking well. Nice body but finish lacking. Very Napa.

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Rating: 95
Author: Alexander C229
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 09/20/2013

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 93
Author: TAs Super Cellar
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 02/10/2013
Deep red, almost purple colour; sweetness on the nose with a whiff of alcohol; lovely sweet black fruits on the palate; finish long-lasting with no hint of tannins

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Rating: 90
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 08/31/2012
Drink Dates: 2012-2014
Firm and dry, this is marked by chewy tannins. The core currant, pencil lead and dusty berry flavors are well-focused and long on the finish. The tannic strength and dryness are my major concerns. Decant. The best of two bottles tasted.

0 of 1 people found this review useful.

Rating: 87
Author: truettiger
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 02/12/2012
Drink Dates: 2005-2013

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Average rating: 91, based on 7 reviews
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221 bottles owned by 127 collectors.

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About This Producer

"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.
Click here to listen to GrapeRadio's podcast about Ch. Montelena (Show #103, 46:36 min 21 MB)

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Wine Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is perhaps the world's best known red variety, with its full-bodied, intense profile. An offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, it is the primary grape of Bordeaux's Left Bank (Medoc and Graves regions) and the Napa Valley, but can be found growing all over the world. Typical descriptors for Cabernet Sauvignon are cassis, cedar, mint, black pepper, eucalyptus, and pencil lead.

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