2005 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 1.5L

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 93+

The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon at age ten is still a young, vibrant, dense ruby/purple -colored wine with lots of classic cassis fruit and a touch of earth undertones. It offers relatively soft and silky tannins by the standards of Montelena, but they're there. It is full-bodied, rich and impressive. Cabernet Sauvignon from the northern end of the Napa Valley in Calistoga tends to be the St.-Estephe of Napa. This wine is certainly one of the great ones. Forget it for another 3-4 years and drink it over the following 20-25.

Drink Dates: 2019-2044
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 219

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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: Issue 138

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: Beth C
Trust Rating: 86
Tasted On: 10/23/2012

Author: USA773
Trust Rating: 37
Tasted On: 11/03/2013
Awesome. Not sure where I got this, but wish I had more.

Author: Michael N594
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 10/10/2011
Drink Dates:
Charlie's favorite!

Rating: 96
Author: Monty94
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 06/20/2012
Drink Dates: 2002-2013
Good paring with red meats. One of the more solid vintages to date.

Rating: 92
Author: PJ Haveron
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 12/31/2009

Average rating: 93, based on 7 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

59 bottles owned by 28 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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