2003 Chateau Montelena The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Napa Valley
146 Ratings
146 Ratings
2003 Chateau Montelena The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Napa Valley

Wine Description

(From 2010 Vintage) The 2010 is shaping up to be another beauty. Violets, freshly cut flowers, mint, spice box and plums all jump from the glass in this vivid, beautifully delineated cabernet.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2010 Vintage) One of the historical attributes of the Montelena Estate Cabernet has always been its age-ability and longevity; often though, this meant that the wine really needed to be cellared before it would show its true beauty. Well, here at Montelena we’re all about the pursuit of excellence, and have been working to expand that window of drinkability through careful changes in how we farm, pick, and ferment the grapes from this magnificent property. By focusing on precision viticulture techniques, small fermentation lots, and earlier integration of more precisely chosen barrels – matched to the unique characters of each lot – we have been able to make the wine more approachable at a younger age, while retaining the core elements that ensure a long life in the cellar. The only problem…you may need more of it.

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    Sephra and I love this big cab with lots of tannins. not too much terroir and Sephra loves it. worth the money.

    about 3 years
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    awesome balance & body. cloves mixed with subtle cedar & chocolate flavors. smooth.

    over 3 years
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    RP 94+

    over 1 year
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    26 days
Expert Reviews
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  • Decanter
    (From 1994 Vintage) Rating: 3/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. An intense nose of black cherries, leather and a touch of lanolin at the back. A mouthfilling yet smooth palate of spicy and well-integrated oak and dark black fruit with Morello cherries dominant.
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 2002 Vintage) Rating: (92-95) - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 150 on Dec-03
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by The Wine Advocate in Issue 162
  • Wine & Spirits
    (From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 92-94 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator