Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California

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Item No. 98353
  • red wine
  • collectible wine
  • ST93
  • RP91
  • WE90
Alcohol By Volume: 14.3%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Dark and powerful in the glass with great density and saturation, this wine grabs your attention from the first glance. Luscious and rich on the nose with great depth, we find top notes of violets, cassis, and rich dark cherry, all riding over a base of warm leather, cocoa, wet stone and molasses. The palate opens with red raspberry and blackcurrants before building to mouth-filling ripe cherry, a beautiful acid balance, and round rich velvety tannins. The incredible intensity of the palate fades slowly leaving a finish of dried fruits and hints of clove with remarkable weight and tremendous persistence.

Critical Acclaim

"Good deep ruby red. Complex aromas. Impressively structured wine. Very long, pure, and powerful on the finish."
93 Points

"A lovely perfume of fresh herbs, loamy soil, black cherries and black currants. Spicy and very Bordeaux-like in this vintage. Should drink well for two decades or more."
91 Points

"Quite rich and exotic, with complex, appealing flavors of cocoa puff, mocha, buttered cinnamon toast, blackberry granola and smoky cedar. This richness finishes drily, but the wine is very tannic, giving it a lock-down astringency. Needs time. Best after 2011, and through 2015 or so. Cellar Selection."
90 Points

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I have had this wine in the past. Because it is so good, I have also given this wine as gifts and I have received many compliments.
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Rating:
(10/15/2011)
Style: Smooth & Supple
held this one for just under two years and finally corked it last night. Brought to a fellow wine enthusiasts home for a bring a collectible and we'll share. He corked an Oakville Ranch Cab...vintage??? The Montelena was by far the more soft of the two. I was very surprised at the subtlety. Soft yet distinct berry notes. Silky. The Oakville was a much more beefy red with smoky undertones.
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Learn About Chateau Montelena Map ItMap It

Chateau Montelena was founded in 1882 by Alfred Tubbs. 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, winemaker at Chateau Montelena beginning in 1982, is now its Master Winemaker. After more than three decades of experience with the same vineyards and varieties, the Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Napa Valley Chardonnay are recognized as world-class.

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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