Red

2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 260

  • KVM wrote:

    November 12, 2019 - Dark red berry fruit and cordial nose. Deep and utterly delicious and the tannin is resolved. You could keep it another decade. 750ml

  • JS199 wrote: 92 points

    October 27, 2019 - Very good, still young and needed decanting. Old school Cabernet.

  • gharter Likes this wine: 94 points

    October 12, 2019 - Still a youngster, but aging beautifully with a long life ahead of it.
    Black currant, earthiness, leather, mushroom, licorice and spice on the nose. Staring to show more complexity with earth and leather, a good core of black fruits, cassis, anise and spice. The tannins have softened and blend into a well balanced wine. Full bodied with a long finish. has a good 20 years + to go.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Burgundy Al wrote: 91 points

    October 7, 2019 - Small glass, brief note. Lots of powerful black plum and cherry with plenty of structure that slowly softened. Very good length with signs of emerging finesse. Best I can recall for this wine. Very good now, possibly still having upside.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • mxpbuy Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 28, 2019 - 3 hour decant. Still a young wine that needs time. Black fruits with firm but smooth tannins. Vanilla Oak, grilled meats, dried herbs but so more lurking and waiting to develop.

    1 person 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)

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

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  • 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 68 (1%)
  • In Cellars 6,125 (64%)
  • Consumed 3,344 (35%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

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

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98% Like It  64 votes

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