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2005 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
93
WA 91
IWC 93(+?)
Drink Dates
Comm: 2002-2013 WA: 2009-2029
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IWC 93(+?)
Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 138

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."

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WA 91
Source Wine Advocate
Issue 180
Drink Dates 2009-2029

The flagship wine, the 2005 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate displays a lovely perfume of fresh herbs, loamy soil, black cherries, and black currants. Spicy and very Bordeaux-like in this vintage, with high tannins, a cool climate freshness, and a leaner personality than is found in riper vintages, it will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring, and should drink well for two decades or more.

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Author USA773
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 36.585%
Tasted On 11/03/2013

Awesome. Not sure where I got this, but wish I had more.

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Author Beth C
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 82.143%
Tasted On 10/23/2012

N-28

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Author Monty94
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 96.154%
Tasted On 06/20/2012
Drink Dates 2002-2013

Good paring with red meats. One of the more solid vintages to date.

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Author Michael N594
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 94.828%
Tasted On 10/10/2011
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Charlie's favorite!

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Author PJ Haveron
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.778%
Tasted On 12/31/2009
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Author Jeffrey M989
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 97.496%
Tasted On 05/30/2010

Slight vegetal strains but a nice restrained, old style wine. Not the big fruit of some of the current cabs. Good wine.

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Author Michael Dollaz
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 66.667%
Tasted On 04/07/2009

Medium legs. Purple in color. Full bodied. Medium finish. Fleshy texture.

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