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2001 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Cuvee Napa Valley
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About Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena has produced wine in the Napa Valley for over 100 years. But only since 1972, when the Barret family took over management, has quality taken off. Overseeing the production of roughly 36,000 cases annually, winemaker Bo Barret produces classic, austere Cabernet Sauvignons as well as Zinfandels and Chardonnays.

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2001 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Cuvee Napa Valley

Producer: Chateau Montelena
Style: Red Wine
Grape Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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Montelena Squeeks By!
04/04/2005
by Bonner11463650
Chateau Montelena squeeks by with this lighter, shorter cab offering. Dwarfed by it's more expensive more explosive estate offering, the 2001 Cabernet Cuvee is short on the finish with light tastes of blackberry, leather, vanilla and spice. A drinkable win now, it may continue to age for a few years but not complex enough to hold out for more than 5-6 years.

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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