2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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Expert Ratings and Reviews

91 Points Wine Advocate, 2005
91 Points Wine Advocate, 2005
87 Points Vinous Media

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

About Chateau Montelena

Producer Facts

Winery Name

Chateau Montelena

Web Site

http://montelena.com/

Ownership/Management

James P. "Bo" Barrett

Area Under Vine: 120 Acres

Wines Made: Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Chardonnay, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Montelena, Estate Zinfandel, Potter Valley Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc

Terroir: For example, nutrient levels and water holding capacity vary greatly among the three soil origins that comprise the Estate vineyard: volcanic, alluvial, and sedimentary. These areas are, in turn, crisscrossed by 5 different classified soil types: Bale, Cole, Cortina, Pleasanton, and Kidd. Add a topographic variation, like an elevated hillside or a level valley floor location, and you have a three-dimensional decision matrix. Once we understand each particular site, we can proceed to sustainable grape growing.

About Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon Facts

Flavor Profile

Full, tannic wines with notes of blackcurrant and cassis

Food Pairings

Grilled red meats, stews, hard or rich cheeses

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