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2003 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 »

Score
92
WA 94+
WS 87
IWC 91(+?)?
Drink Dates
Comm: 2010-2017 WA: 2013-2038 WS: 2007-2013
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IWC 91(+?)?
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 126

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.

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WA 94+
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 207
Drink Dates 2013-2038

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.

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WS 87
Source Wine Spectator
Drink Dates 2007-2013

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.

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Author Alexander C229
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.368%
Tasted On 09/20/2013
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Author TAs Super Cellar
Site / Blog   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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Author Richard N1962
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 93.75%
Tasted On 12/26/2012

Very nice and drinking well. Nice body but finish lacking. Very Napa.

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Author JLANDAULA
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.721%
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.

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Author truettiger
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.774%
Tasted On 02/12/2012
Drink Dates 2005-2013
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Author Chris Ahearn
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.93%
Tasted On 11/29/2011
Drink Dates 2008-2033
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Author Anon
Site / Blog Trust Rating 88.961%
Tasted On 03/30/2011
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Author Patrick
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 95.961%
Tasted On 06/13/2010
Drink Dates 2015-2025

Needs a long decant, probably could've waited longer.

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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 RDL
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 03/14/2009

Drinking well, but light for a Montelena

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Author Michael
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 50%
Tasted On 10/12/2008

Good

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