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Date Printed: 12/28/2014
Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
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Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/28/2014: $42.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2011 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:

This wine shows deep dense plum color with great density. The nose opens with anise and spice before moving into rich layers of blackberry and cherry compote. All that great concentrated fruit is beautifully complemented with barrel tones of vanilla and clove. It is quite youthful and lively on the palate with a good firm acid core - great for food pairing - and abundant velvety tannin. Complex layers of black fruits through the mid palate, with good barrel spice underlayment throughout, are nicely complemented by bright red fruit on the finish.

This wine is quite approachable so young, but it will definitely improve with additional time in the bottle, if you've got the patience.

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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.