2003 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
Cabernet Sauvignon - 1.5L
  • JG 95
  • WE 94
  • WA 93
  • JS 93
  • VN 91

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Reg: $299.94

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JG 95
John Platter, December 2017
(95 points) The inky colored 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a classic blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that spent two years in mostly used barrels. It offers a beautiful, elegant... (95 points) The inky colored 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a classic blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot that spent two years in mostly used barrels. It offers a beautiful, elegant, yet concentrated style in its crème de cassis, licorice, tobacco leaf, graphite and mineral aromatics. Reminding me of the 2002 with its beautiful depth of fruit and ripe, building tannin, it's an age-worthy, balanced wine that's going to evolve for 2+ decades.
WE 94
Wine Enthusiast, December 2017
(94 points) Winemaker Matt Crafton embraces the winery's longstanding tradition of elegant Napa Valley Cabernet in this estate wine—a beautiful expression of exotic, savory characteristics wrapped in a seamless texture... (94 points) Winemaker Matt Crafton embraces the winery's longstanding tradition of elegant Napa Valley Cabernet in this estate wine—a beautiful expression of exotic, savory characteristics wrapped in a seamless texture. Tomato leaf, meat and soy notes underscore deep layers of black pepper, black cherry and cassis, with grippy, dense tannins. Enjoy 2023–2033.
WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2006
While the 2002 which was quite extroverted right before bottling has shut down the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is still open-knit although I suspect it will probably close down as well. It exhibits an opaque... While the 2002 which was quite extroverted right before bottling has shut down the 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is still open-knit although I suspect it will probably close down as well. It exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color along with a sweet spicy nose of black currants licorice herbs and damp earth. Rich and concentrated it is the most accessible and possibly the most elegant and French-oriented of the Cabernets produced between 2002 and 2004. This top-notch effort should be cellared for 2-3 years and consumed over the following 20-25 years.I have most Montelena Cabernets in my cellar (one of my friends has all of them) but at the end of the tasting just to prove what aging potential these wines have we did a blind tasting of a wine I rated 93 and guessed to be a very ripe year such as 1984 or 1990. It turned out to be the 1976 Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast an amazingly rich wine offering loads of cedar spice box and mature Cabernet flavors a wonderful sweet fleshy mid-palate and beautiful ripeness in the finish. This is another example of why Chateau Montelena over the last thirty years has been the most consistently fine producer of top-flight world-class Napa Cabernet Sauvignon!
JS 93
jamessuckling.com, May 2014
(93 points) Extremely attractive aromas of asphalt, blueberry and rose petal. Full body with very well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Montelena estate shows a refinement and balance one expects in traditional... (93 points) Extremely attractive aromas of asphalt, blueberry and rose petal. Full body with very well-integrated tannins and a long, long finish. Montelena estate shows a refinement and balance one expects in traditional Napa cabernet sauvignon. Better in 2016.
VN 91
Vinous, May 2006
(91 points) Bright ruby-red. Sweet aromas of black cherry, flowers, menthol and creosote. Supple, sweet and fine-grained, though not especially nuanced for this wine. Strong note of chocolate. Finishes with a fairly fine... (91 points) Bright ruby-red. Sweet aromas of black cherry, flowers, menthol and creosote. Supple, sweet and fine-grained, though not especially nuanced for this wine. Strong note of chocolate. Finishes with a fairly fine dusting of tannins and lingering notes of cherry and licorice. This seems a bit less vibrant than it was from barrel a year ago. Barrett noted that the December 2005 bottling date was quite late for this wine, and my sample had not yet recovered.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 2003