Have liked Montelena since 1984 and continue to altho there is a sharp edge to this one that almost catches ones nose before it hits the tongue. Will decant the next for a while. Big, complex, surprised the finish seems closed off, still young, near inky, without a trace of change at the edges, will be interesting to follow development. Our sense of 2002s is they are all over the map in terms of evolution so very risky to generalize
A lovely Cali Cab. Clean berry front, and after being open a couple of hours the mid-mouth is developing nicely. Some healthy bite developing, but not a very long finish. A fine wine, I would drink it again.
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(Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) Very dark red violet color; ripe currant, tart black currant nose; ripe currant, tart black currant, tart berry palate; starting to open; medium-plus finish
(Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) Very dark red violet color; lovely, focused, ripe berry, rich black fruit, ripe cassis nose; ripe berry, cassis, black fruit, soy sauce palate; long finish 92+ points