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2009 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate 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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2009 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley

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

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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

(bottled in December of 2011):  Good red-ruby.  Highly perfumed aromas of black cherry and menthol lifted by rose and spice oils.  Suave, pure and vibrant, with red berry and spice flavors lifted by a pungent minty quality.  Nothing black fruit about this vintage.  Finishes with fine-grained, rather silky tannins and terrific energy.  Less forbidding at this young stage than many recent vintages of this wine, and in a distinctly food-friendly style.  This wine benefited dramatically from its final months in barrel.

93+ Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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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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