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Date Printed: 4/23/2014
Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
(search item no. 87325)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
PRICE ON 4/23/2014: $149.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 95 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1997 The Wine News rating: 90 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1995 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 95 points
1994 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1993 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1993 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1991 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
1991 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1989 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1989 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
1987 The Wine Advocate rating: 98 points
1982 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

In the glass the 2002 has a dark, inky-purple color, saturated to the edge. It has a pronounced aromatic bouquet of luxurious pure ripe fruit, cassis and earth. The wine's diverse, complex and powerful flavor profile - with ripe cassis, blackberry, and black cherry flavors supported by hints of tar and earth - prove that the painstaking and slow process of partial row harvesting was well worth the effort. The tiny Cabernet berries yielded from the vineyard's dry soils produced powerful yet silky tannins and a refreshing backbone of acidity which, combined with its bold structure and rich flavors, infused it with plenty of power to age for a long while. The wine is elegant, showy and polished, with plenty of body and plush ripeness.
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About Chateau Montelena:

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.