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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon - 2009(W-70616)

Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon

Winery Story

Chateau Montelena was founded in 1882 by Alfred Tubbs, a prominent California businessman. Although Chateau Montelena stayed in the Tubbs fa... (more...)mily until 1958, winemaking at the Chateau came to an end with prohibition. The renaissance of the winery, under the leadership of James Barrett, began in 1972 with the replanting of the Estate vineyard and the establishment of the Chateau Montelena philosophy: make the best, period. Today the tradition continues. Jim Barrett’s son, Bo, is Master Winemaker, having assumed all winemaking duties in 1982. Exceptional wine can be made only with exceptional grapes, which is why we adhere to the Estate concept of “winegrowing.” After more than two decades of experience with the same vineyards and varietals, the Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Napa Valley Chardonnay are recognized as world-class.

Tasting Note

This Cabernet is deep ruby in color with massive extraction and great density. The nose opens with huge intensity, great depth, and lots of... (more...) layers. Big fruit aromas of black cherry, bright red berries, and plums all lead into the barrel notes of toasty oak, vanilla, and smoky undertones. The palate entry opens smoothly and builds predictably with big, firm (but not coarse) tannin, good acid balance and lots of structure. There is a great progression from ripe, sweet cherry and plum fruit up-front to rich, dried black fruit and spice on the finish – with the vanilla and spice from the barrel layering in seamlessly. For a young wine, it is already showing quite well and will continue to improve over the next 10 years. This wine is definitely trying to seduce you, enjoy!

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June 14, 2013

complex red fruit with a long finish. perfect with a bloody steak


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