2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley

2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate Napa Valley

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

96 Points Wine Advocate, 2005
96 Points Wine Advocate, 2012
95 Points Wine Advocate, 2006
91 Points Vinous Media

Customer Ratings

Based on 4 ratings
bohdan '50

Firstly, I'm a newbie at this but this wine impressed me. Nice, lush, full-bodied wine with a nice fine tannin finish. Although not mentioned in any of the professional reviews above I swear I could detect a hint of black cherry. My wife, who usually is partial to white Burgundies/Chardonnays, was also quite taken with this wine.

Napa Valley 2002

2002 began with a very dry winter followed by a moderate spring with some rains in May. Conditions were even and mild throughout the summer with the exception of a few heat spikes in September that gave the grapes an extra push as harvest approached. The resulting wines have juicy, fresh acidities and brightness to match their deep dark-fruit cores. Overall an excellent vintage of supple, balanced, concentrated, high-quality wines that have the polish and ripeness to age well.

Key Dates

April
Slight frost damage

May
Slight rain

June
Moderate temperatures

September
High daytime temperatures and dry north winds. Cabernet harvest begins

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