2009 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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The 2009 Montelena is a dense crimson ruby in the glass, hailing the promise of a big, traditional California Cabernet. The nose opens with big black cherry, currants, and plum spice cake notes, underlined by layers of smoke, anise, and very subtle oak tones. The palate is soft and round, but builds quickly with loads of fine velvety tannin, huge black cherry, and red fruits that persist through to a rich finish layered with spice. This well structured wine is balanced, layered and entirely approachable

Chateau Montelena is a Napa legend, and with good reason'this is a focused wine that has a tremendous window of drinkability, exceptional character, and a California charm that cannot be denied.

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Montelena's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate wraps around the palate with serious depth. Even with all of its intensity, the 2009 has a silkiness that makes it incredibly delicious at this early stage. Red berries, flowers, tobacco and sweet herbs all flesh out on the generous, radiant finish. While many 2009s are a bit tight today, Montelena's 2009 Estate is showing very nicely, although it is keeping some cards close to the vest. I imagine the 2009 will start to enter its prime drinking window around age 8-10 and drink well for at least another decade beyond that. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. (12/ 2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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. (5/ 2012)

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