Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Calistoga, Napa Valley

Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon
California, Usa

$70.95 (718452)

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March 16, 2013

Critic Reviews (3)

John Szabo, MS
John Szabo, MS

The '09 Montelena is a clean, fragrant, lively, certainly ripe but still fresh cabernet, with fruit in the black...

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David Lawrason
David Lawrason

This is a big, slightly drier, leaner style of Napa cab with less polish than the modernist, and more outdoorsy...

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Julian Hitner
Julian Hitner

While obviously not as serious as the Estate bottling, the 2009 ‘straight-up’ Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely worth...

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Community Reviews (2)

Paul Forget
Paul Forget

This wine is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc, maturation taking place in French and Eastern European oak (14%) and alcohol coming in at a reasonable 13.8%.

This wine opened up with aromas of black cherry, plum, clove/vanilla spice, leather, smoky and espresso notes. On the mouthfeel, full bodied, rich and concentrated flavours and texture yet well balanced by good acidity and firm but not overbearing tannins. The length is very good on the finish with dark fruit flavours, spicy, smoky and silky tannins lingering. In a cool vintage, this 2009 managed to achieve both power and elegance, a solid, robust Cabernet yet approachable in its youth or cellar 4-5 years. More French in its style than California, very enjoyable, enjoyed on October 28, 2012.

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