Red

2004 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Calistoga
Drink between 2012 - 2028 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 206

  • ayalao3 wrote: 91 points

    June 5, 2022 - Downhill. Overripe, low acidity

  • davidandrose Likes this wine: 91 points

    May 25, 2022 - From 375 purchased upon release. Amazingly tight cork shows virtually no seepage. Initial notes follow an hour decant. Forest floor, earth, mushrooms and faint red berries on the nose.

    Still plenty of structure here, more pronounced in std stems and nuanced in Somm stems. Displays the softer, European house style, but after 2+ hrs I have to question its longevity in this format. If inventory is right I’ve got 2 more of these, which I’ll drink this year

  • Windacre on the Vine Likes this wine: 91 points

    May 7, 2022 - Intense eucalyptus nose. Extremely rich and tannic still, with an inky full palate. A little sweeter than my taste, but very in line with a good cali cab. Showing well now but I wouldn’t think at peak.

  • thesternowl wrote: 93 points

    April 27, 2022 - Cork pulled a couple hours in advance and allowed to slow-ox. The color is deep garnet with a near opaque core and perhaps some slight browning towards the rim but color looks great. There’s significant sediment now. Powerful aromas of black currants, dark cherries, tobacco, green pepper, and baking spices. On the palate, the structure is still pretty sturdy even though the tannins have integrated well. The fruit is ripe and quite delicious and taking on some secondary notes of leather, mushrooms and decomposed earth. The acid giving the wine the lift and energy necessary at 18 years old. A lovely wine that, while at peak, has quite a bit of good life left in it. Drink before 2029.

  • lovemycab Likes this wine: 93 points

    January 16, 2022 - Enjoyed over the course of a few hours. Deep purple in color with medium plus intensity. Both red and black fruits here. Secondary notes of oak and spice. Some earth and leather notes coming through. Even after a few hours, this still felt like it was holding back a bit. Would give it a much ox time or long decant. There is plenty left here and going strong.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Chateau Montelena Cabernet Estate: 1977-2010 (May 2019), 5/1/2019 (link)

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Montelena Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Horizontal Tasting of Napa Valley’s 2004 Cabernets (Jun 2015), 3/1/2015 (link)

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Calistoga) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Szabo, MS
    7/7/2009 (link)

    (Chateau Montelena The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Calistoga, Napa Valley red) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Linda Murphy
    6/22/2008 (link)

    (Chateau Montelena, The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Red) Subscribe to see review text.

Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132 (link)

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Napa Valley) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    5/31/2008 (link) 91 points

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) Tight but big cassis nose; tight, tannic, cassis palate; medium finish 91+ pts.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2004
  • Type Red
  • Producer Chateau Montelena
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation The Montelena Estate
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Calistoga
  • UPC Codes 098709084476, 3760076820045, 669576019863, 733555100320, 733555251329

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 27 (0%)
  • In Cellars 4,513 (61%)
  • Consumed 2,857 (39%)

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Community Recommendations

Beef, bottom round. Roast beef in gravy. Perfect. Potatoes and onions and carrots., Chateaubriand, hard aged chedder, Prime rib, sirloin steak, steak with chicken, surf and turf

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