2005 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa
Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ML
  • WA 90
  • IWC 90

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WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2007
The winery continues to turn out a strong Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards in the Calistoga area. This is a big production item (10000 cases) and tends to be a good value for a high-class Napa Cabernet. The 2005 Cabernet... The winery continues to turn out a strong Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards in the Calistoga area. This is a big production item (10000 cases) and tends to be a good value for a high-class Napa Cabernet. The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (22000 cases) is a beauty. Savory black currant fruit notes intermixed with some licorice underbrush and spice jump from the glass of this medium to full-bodied smoothly textured beautifully elegant wine meant to be served and drunk in its first 10-12 years of life. This clearly has the fingerprints of Chateau Montelena's Bo Barrett and his father Jim Barrett but at a much lower price point and for that reason seems an ideal steakhouse Cabernet that gives both value and pleasure.
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, May 2007
Good red-ruby. Perfumed lively aromas of cassis violet and minerals. Distinctly suave sweet and fine-grained for this bottling but still tight and penetrating with lovely floral lift in a Medoc cabernet way. Finishes with... Good red-ruby. Perfumed lively aromas of cassis violet and minerals. Distinctly suave sweet and fine-grained for this bottling but still tight and penetrating with lovely floral lift in a Medoc cabernet way. Finishes with notes of leather and licorice. This promises to be finer than the '04. The crop level here is always between 3 and 4.5 tons per acre said Bo Barrett and the 2005 was right at the high end of the range.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region North Coast
Vintage 2005

Label

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.