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

Slight frost damage

Slight rain

Moderate temperatures

High daytime temperatures and dry north winds. Cabernet harvest begins

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