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2002 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 »

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93
WA 96+
IWC 93
WS 92-94
Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2022 WA: 2016-2041
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IWC 93
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 120

(bottled in November of 2004) Good deep ruby-red. Highly aromatic nose combines musky redcurrant and tobacco. Plush, broad and fine-grained; atypically sexy and showy for this wine, in much the same way that Montelena's basic 2002 Napa cabernet is unusually pliant and rich. Finishes with big, dusty, but rather suave tannins. This offers early accessibility but has the material and structure for extended aging. The alcohol here is 14.3%, the highest since the 1978, which was 14.4%.

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WA 96+
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 201
Drink Dates 2016-2041

This appears to be one of the great efforts from Chateau Montelena, something I think I was correct about when I gave it an 'in the bottle' rating in 2006 of 95+. It is still an amazingly young wine that came from old vines on the famous St. George rootstock that did not require replanting because of the phylloxera epidemic that swept through Napa in the late 1980's and 1990's. Despite its lofty 14.4% alcohol (high by Montelena standards) and the overall flamboyance of the 2002 vintage, it needs another 4-6 years of cellaring. This young, classic Cabernet Sauvignon represents the quintessential traditional school of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It possesses an inky/blue/purple color in addition to a tight, but promising nose of black currants, crushed rocks, earth and spice. Rich, full-bodied, pure and brilliantly executed, with perfect harmony, this is a sensational yet forebodingly backward, youthful Cabernet Sauvignon that needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep another quarter of a century.

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WS 92-94
Source Wine Spectator

Firm, intense and tough-edged, as Montelena often is early on, but with a solid core of spicy currant and blackberry fruit that's deep and concentrated. The finish keeps a tight focus.

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Author David 429
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.667%
Tasted On 04/18/2014
Drink Dates 2014-2025

gorgeous ruby red, beautiful nose of big berries and graphite, well integrated tannins with a long finish

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Author ChrisMus
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90.873%
Tasted On 03/02/2014

Nice dark fruit and spice notes. Well balanced now, but took some time to fully open up. I will give the magnum some more time to marinate.

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Author Patrick
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.007%
Tasted On 09/08/2013

Classic Monty, bit young but cioming into the window

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Author cfluehr
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 05/18/2013

Big, bold and beautiful wine. Bursts with dark fruit early and finishes wonderfully with more subtle earthy flavors. An amazing bottle.

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Author gotwine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 85.846%
Tasted On 04/30/2013
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Author Stephen G41
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.123%
Tasted On 06/24/2012
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Author WFP II
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 83.333%
Tasted On 04/22/2012
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Author KMS
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.571%
Tasted On 04/09/2012
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Author Pierre T184
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.775%
Tasted On 12/25/2011
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Author Charley
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.63%
Tasted On 12/03/2011
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Smooth and silky. Prime drinking window.

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Author Chris Ahearn
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.93%
Tasted On 11/29/2011
Drink Dates 2011-2036
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Author CBS Wine
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.304%
Tasted On 11/22/2010
Drink Dates 2010-2020
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Author Lellman2
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 90%
Tasted On 11/12/2010
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Author rbbelzer
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 92.405%
Tasted On 05/11/2010

2 hours decanted. Superb. Served at wedding reception.

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Author Husker74
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 66.667%
Tasted On 12/07/2009
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