Red

2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 255

  • Jd6725 wrote: 93 points

    September 18, 2019 - Really opened and smoothed out after 1.5 hours in glass

  • edjDelray Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 8, 2019 - This is elegant with medium body mild tannin, and a smooth medium to long finish. Enjoyed by all. Peak.

  • Kevnzworld wrote: 95 points

    September 6, 2019 - Ripe fresh dark berries good concentration with some leather and other nice secondary flavors
    Eucalyptus on the finish.
    In a really good spot. The California 2002’s are drinking well now at 17.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • nm10 Likes this wine: 95 points

    August 17, 2019 - This seems to be getting a little stronger. After a two hour decant, dark Napa fruit and spice box are on the nose. The fruit is upfront but not overpowering. I thought this was nicely balanced with an acidity that remains lively on the palate. Still mouth-coating with a 50-second finish. Anniversary wine that should be good for 5-10 more!

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • armins.rusis@gmail.com wrote:

    July 6, 2019 - Ready to drink. Lovely after 2 hours of decanting.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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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.

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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Recent Bottles From the Cellar…, 7/18/2017 (link)

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

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2005, IWC Issue #120 (link)

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

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114 (link)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    9/9/2012 (link) 91 points

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) Very dark ruby color; coffee, ripe black fruit, berry, light menthol nose; tight, tart black fruit, mocha palate; needs 2-3 years; medium-plus finish 91+ points

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/8/2011 (link) 93 points

    (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

  • By Richard Jennings
    8/9/2011 (link) 92 points

    (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

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

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) Lifted cassis nose; good focused cassis, berry palate; medium finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2002
  • Type Red
  • Producer Chateau Montelena
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation The Montelena Estate
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • UPC Codes 3760076820045, 669576019863, 733555100320

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 60 (1%)
  • In Cellars 6,153 (65%)
  • Consumed 3,282 (35%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

beef, cheese, chocolate, duck, filet mignon, game, hamburger, mint, pepper, rosemary

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98% Like It  63 votes

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