2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML

  • IWC 93
  • WA 91

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IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2005
Good deep ruby-red. Highly aromatic nose combines musky redcurrant and tobacco. Plush broad and fine-grained; atypically sexy and showy for this wine in much the same way that Montelena's basic 2002 Napa cabernet is... Good deep ruby-red. Highly aromatic nose combines musky redcurrant and tobacco. Plush broad and fine-grained; atypically sexy and showy for this wine in much the same way that Montelena's basic 2002 Napa cabernet is unusually pliant and rich. Finishes with big dusty but rather suave tannins. This offers early accessibility but has the material and structure for extended aging. The alcohol here is 14.3% the highest since the 1978 which was 14.4%.
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2005
The non-estate Cabernet Sauvignon which is now completely sourced from Calistoga vineyards provides a fine introduction to the Montelena winemaking style. Normally Bo Barrett includes 10-15% Merlot in the blend and these... The non-estate Cabernet Sauvignon which is now completely sourced from Calistoga vineyards provides a fine introduction to the Montelena winemaking style. Normally Bo Barrett includes 10-15% Merlot in the blend and these wines often age for 10-15 years. The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is the sexiest of the three most recent vintages. A soft deep ruby/purple-tinged offering with loads of black currant fruit as well as hints of damp earth licorice and underbrush this silky-textured opulent Cabernet Sauvignon will provide delicious drinking over the next 10 plus years.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Appellation Napa
Vintage 2002

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A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) with Merlot (14%) and Cabernet Franc (1%), Chateau Montelena Cabernet is aged in French and Eastern European oak barrels for 14 months. 16% of the barrels are new.

The wines aim to express the fruit from which they are made and the vintage in which they are grown, with all other elements in balance to complement the fruit. To achieve this goal, Chateau Montelena uses modern crushing, de-stemming and pressing equipment to process the grapes as gently as possible. Temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks allow the wines to ferment slowly and evenly.