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Community Tasting Notes (279) Avg Score: 92.0 points

  • still perfect great balance

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  • Both wines from 375 purchased at the domaine in 2008.

    2000. Very dark maroon. Nose of very dark fruit - blackberry and duck innards and mint. Dark fruits are concentrated and well balanced against the fine tannin and appropriate acid. Long, dark cherry finish with some vanilla spice. Not yet at its mature best.

    2001. Very Dark pure red until the thin brick edge. Dark fruit nose, some vanilla nose and a little oxidation. Sweet very ripe fruit with fine tannin and very appropriate acid. Long and fruitier than the 2000 and this bottle, at least is more mature than the 2000. Both these wines show the Montelena balance, ageability and the new world fruit.

    From Producer’s Website:
    2000 – Cool
    Average rainfall. Growing season dominated by cool weather and spikes of intense heat. Cluster loss from windy heat in June kept yield low. The light crop allowed full ripening and harvesting before the onset of wet weather. The wine is very refined, high quality.

    2001 – Temperate
    Well below average rainfall. Frost damage followed by high heat in May that caused some shatter kept yields low. Remainder of season was mild and grapes attained full maturity before picking. Started night picking to increase fruit integrity. Wines are very rich, well-balanced, and full.

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  • Requires decanting as on open the wine was a bit funky and closed but a good hour in a decanter let it cheer up and become more expressive. Still though nowhere close to the earlier bottle we had like 6m ago ( Papies 93) and thus we feel this is not a characteristic one and we will not rate this time.

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  • WIML94

    Tasted non blind.

    Dark garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of violets, plums, cassis, white pepper and a hint of rose petals. Flavors of plums, Kirsch and boysenberries. Medium to tangy acidity, medium tannin, full bodied. Drink or hold.

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  • From Magnum. A quarantining choice, could have waited another 20 years. Tis life.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Vintage Retrospective: The 2001 Napa Valley Cabernets (Jun 2020), 6/1/2020, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley Red) Login and sign up and see review text.
  • By Stephen Tanzer
    Chateau Montelena Cabernet Estate: 1977-2010 (May 2019), 5/1/2019, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114, (See more on Vinous...)

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    May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108, (See more on Vinous...)

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  • By Richard Jennings
    1/11/2018, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 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, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 90 points

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

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