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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
(search item no. 113276)

PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $47.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2003 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2003 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 1987 vintage of this wine was ranked #8 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1991

The deep garnet color of this wine hints at the big extraction and dark flavors to follow. Very rich aromas of pipe tobacco, chocolate and caramel beautifully complement the black currant and ripe black cherry fruit. The palate opens soft but builds big and fast, showing a great acid backbone, moderate weight tannins, and a mouthfeel that is full but not heavy or overwhelming. Rich, ripe, sweet black cherry dominates the fruit and is nicely complemented with plum and red berry high tones. Barrel spice is prominent on the finish.

Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc

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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.