2003 Chateau Montelena Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #500246
The wine is a typically bright ruby red, with opaque density and color, which leads to a nice array of aromas: sweet black currant jam, with hints of black cherry and flowers. There is much fruit in the nose, not unexpected considering the excellent ripeness achieved in this vintage. The unique blend of soils in the vineyard leads to very pleasing layers of complexity, and we particularly like the evident menthol-cedar note attributable to the volcanic soil component. On the palate it delivers intense, broad and sweet fruit, layered with spicy cherry, and even a bit of chocolate. The overall structure is ripe and rich, pure and well delineated. It is very much in the Montelena Estate style, in which vineyard flavors drive the wine. It is a very structured Cabernet from a great growing year, and it will greatly reward you after a few more years of cellaring.
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ROBERT PARKER RATING: 93
ROBERT PARKER REVIEW: The powerful, concentrated 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate (14.3% alcohol) exhibits aromas of black currant jam, tar, smoke, and forest floor. This opulent, rich 2003, while less flamboyant than the extroverted 2002, is deep, chewy, pure, and well-delineated. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025+.
STEVE TANZAR RATING: 91
STEVE TANZAR REVIEW: Sweet aromas of black cherry, flowers, menthol and creosote. Supple, sweet and fine-grained...finishes with a fairly fine dusting of tannins and lingering notes of cherry and licorice.
From start to finish, the 2003 growing season in the Estate Cabernet vineyards was a fine one. A warm March evolved into a rainy month of April, setting the stage for excellent vine health and growth later into the year. This is an especially important factor in the “heart” of the Montelena Estate Cabernet vineyard because these blocks possess very well drained soils. Our older Estate vines don’t naturally produce very much fruit, so a little extra water early on can be quite the elixir for the longer term.
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Vintage 2003
Country United States
Region California
Appellation Napa Valley
Bottle Size 750ml
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