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Château Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Château Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
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  BN#237577
Category: Red Wine
Varietal:Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: California » Napa Valley
Producer: Château Montelena
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International Wine Cellar

Complex aromas of currant, licorice, graphite, bitter chocolate, smoked meat, tobacco and brown spices. Began juicy, penetrating and quite youthfully unevolved, but aeration brought a suppler, rounder texture and more generosity to this impressively structured wine. Complicating notes of bitter cherry, menthol and minerals. This will require a good eight to ten years of aging but the substantial tannins are sweet and lush. Very long, pure and powerful on the finish. Barrett compared this to top previous vintages like 1986 and 1997, the latter, he admitted, "a brett wine." 93+

Score: 93.

Wine Advocate

The flagship wine, the 2005 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate displays a lovely perfume of fresh herbs, loamy soil, black cherries, and black currants. Spicy and very Bordeaux-like in this vintage, with high tannins, a cool climate freshness, and a leaner personality than is found in riper vintages, it will benefit from 1-2 years of cellaring, and should drink well for two decades or more.

Score: 91. —Robert Parker, December 2008.

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