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2001 Chateau Montelena - Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley - Red

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
Producer Notes

"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... More »

WA 91+
WS 69
IWC 93(+?)
Drink Dates
Comm: 2011-2020 WA: 2014-2034
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750ml $89.95
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IWC 93(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 114

Saturated, deep ruby-red. Quintessential cabernet aromas of blackcurrant, black cherry, dark chocolate, licorice, black olive, mint and earth, sweetened by some roasted oak tones. Dense, supple and seamless; much more concentrated than the basic Napa Valley bottling but also more pliant from the outset, even if it will need a good six to eight years of cellaring. Old-style, classic Napa cabernet with a powerful, building finish.

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WA 91+
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 195
Drink Dates 2014-2034

Montelena's backward, elegant, complex 2001 Estate reveals a dense ruby/purple color along with foresty, earthy notes intermixed with black currant characteristics as well as sweet tannin. Always a less ripe outlier (although it contains 14% natural alcohol), it will benefit from 2-3 more years of cellaring and should keep for at least 20 more years based on the extraordinary longevity Montelena Cabernet Sauvignons possess.

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WS 69
Source Wine Spectator

Hard-edged dill and cedary oak precede this green, lean, herbal wine with gritty, chalky tannins.

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Author Patrick
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.048%
Tasted On 01/04/2015

Finally coming around, better in 3-5 years

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Author Charley
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.323%
Tasted On 12/24/2013
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Very smooth, easy drinking. Opened up nicely. Had next to 99' Spottswoode, and a good comparison. More fruit, a little more structure. Overall, a better than solid wine!

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Author Brenda
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.026%
Tasted On 03/11/2013
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Author Scooter
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.725%
Tasted On 11/25/2012
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Author Chris Ahearn
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.93%
Tasted On 11/29/2011
Drink Dates 2010-2025
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Author noelivan
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.838%
Tasted On 06/19/2011
Drink Dates 2012-2020

We may have opened this prematurely. Structure was present but there wasn't as much to it as expected. Nice nose but a lackluster finish.

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Author Butler wan
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 10/09/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2020

Gorgeous wine that is really firing on all cylinders right now. Smooth drinking wine with a lip smacking mouth feel . Well balanced nose of dark jammie fruit, earth tones, cedar and sweet vanilla. Excellent balanced flavors of fruit, earth, cedar and baking spices. The spices and vanilla tastes linger nicely on a well integrated soft tannic finish.

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Author Michael S965
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Tasted On 07/03/2010
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Beautiful wine. No hint of rumored TCA

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Author Jimmy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 87.129%
Tasted On 06/01/2010
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Author BobT
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.506%
Tasted On 02/19/2010

Everything you expect from Chateau Montelena, big fruit nose, and a nice smooth cab. Tannins have mellowed nicely.

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Author Tusa David
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90%
Tasted On 02/14/2010
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Author Husker74
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 66.667%
Tasted On 12/07/2009
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Author Daniel B440
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 83.333%
Tasted On 10/12/2009

A very nice Cabernet Sauvignon with deep ruby color.

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Author petesf
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.21%
Tasted On 10/12/2009
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Author dougwilder
Site / Blog purely domestic wine report Trust Rating 98.558%
Tasted On 03/16/2009

14.1% alcohol Aromas: Robust fruit, supple black currant and toffee Palate: Firm, ripe black stone fruits and rich red and purple berries Impression; Very youthful with plenty of grip

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Author Astro
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.909%
Tasted On 11/15/2008
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Author Daniel B
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.286%
Tasted On 02/01/2005
Drink Dates 2012-2020+

A hugely disappointing wine. Tasted six times with inconsistent results. Some bottles were slightly corked with muted fruit while others were just middling efforts. One bottle was so dirty it was undrinkable and then just when I was ready to give up the sixth bottle tasted like a young Chateau Montelena from a good (but not great) vintage. Based on my experiences only a daredevil would want to cellar these wines ? purchasing cases of this wine as an untasted future was a serious mistake on my part. My note, maturity estimate, and score is for the lone good bottle. Darkly colored with aromas of chocolate brownies, red fruits, a touch of saddle leather, wax, and oak. In the mouth, the wine?s acidity is a little too prominent. Tannins are firm. Good fruit and decent length.

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Vinfolio Staff Tastings - October 2009
Most Fridays we hold a combination staff meeting and wine tasting. It's a a learning experience and a great way to end the week! Typically our buyers pour three interesting wines from stock while our Director of Wine Buying,...

Created  Nov 3, 2009
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