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Date Printed: 4/19/2014
Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
(search item no. 116168)
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Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 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:

This Cabernet is deep ruby in color with massive extraction and great density. The nose opens with huge intensity, great depth, and lots of 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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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.