Red

2001 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
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Community Tasting Notes 261

  • dsimmons Likes this wine: 92 points

    January 20, 2019 - I enjoyed this bottle with grilled beef tenderloin but kept thinking that this wine needs more time. It was super concentrated and took a while to open up. I would say to open it at least two hours before drinking. The concentration initially was quite harsh. Once open it displayed layers of flavor: dark fruits, graphite, earth, and tar. I would say hold and if you open one give it plenty of air. I only have one remaining and plan to hold off for five years.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • wineismylife wrote: 94 points

    December 22, 2018 - WIML94

    Tasted non blind. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about two hours.

    Purple color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of lavender, potpourri, Kirsch, boysenberry and plum. Flavors of plum, boysenberry and black cherry. Medium acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold. NOTE: throwing a decent amount of sediment so be sure and stand for a few days before opening.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Zweder wrote: 93 points

    December 15, 2018 - Cigar and dark berries in the bouquet. On the palate chocolate, some dust and a firm amount of acidity.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • jimyeni Likes this wine: 93 points

    December 1, 2018 - Turn of the Century Bordeaux vs. Napa Tasting; 12/1/2018-12/2/2018: On initial decant was concerned this wine was flawed as it was incredibly closed and a little bit acidic. Double decanted and drank roughly 3 hours later and it was completely different. Some caramel on the nose, the fruit came out to play and the mouth feel and complexity was really there. Ready to drink. 4th place out of 6 but not far off the top 3, 1999 Las Cases, 2001 Staglin, 2000 Cos. We're talking about milimeters separating these wines.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • levinml wrote: 90 points

    November 21, 2018 - Huge disappointment. Would expect more from a classic in an excellent vintage, but thought this was kind of clipped and narrow. Never really opened up. Drank over 2 nights under pump and just never got a good feeling. Not bad, just high expectations unmet.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    3/10/2010 (link)

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

Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    The New York Tasting of 2005, 10/2/2005

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet.) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By John Kapon
    The European Grand Jury, Vegas Style, 1/16/2005

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Vinous

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

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

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108 (link)

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RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/11/2018 (link) 94 points

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) From magnum - Very dark red violet color; vanilla, blueberry, cassis, spice, mocha nose; delicious, silky textured, blueberry, vanilla, mocha palate with balancing acidity and sweet tannins; long finish

  • By Richard Jennings
    10/29/2004 (link) 90 points

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate) Heavy berry nose; oaky, berry, simple palate; medium finish

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2001
  • 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, 733555100122, 733555100320

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 25 (0%)
  • In Cellars 5,948 (63%)
  • Consumed 3,418 (36%)

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Community Recommendations

Boka, New York Steak, steak frites

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