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Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate 750ml 2004
Sku: 5741
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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Napa County
Appellation: Calistoga
Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Still wine
Reg. $149.99
Buy Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
The Montelena earthy-berry aroma is very concentrated, showing lovely, classic Cabernet, warm earth and sun baked cassis with licorice and spice. On the palate there is integration of strong, deep, concentrated fruit in a perfect balance. Super fine tannin grips the palate, with ripe, round flavors that dance right on the seam between classic Bordeaux and California styles. I look back on the battle of 2004 with fondness because the wine is so wonderful now. And after 25 or more harvests we love the greatest challenges, because once they are but memories the toughest years become the most legendary adventures.

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Wine maker notes
The heat-dominated 2004 vintage was downright challenging, but there was nothing in it that the Montelena winegrowing team hadn't seen before. I had worked all the droughty vintages since 1976, vineyard manager Dave Vella since 1984. Over these years we’ve introduced new tools such as state-of-the-art satellite and internet weather forecasting; sorting tables and gentler de-stemming equipment and night harvesting. We were ready. Looking back, I am confident that the Chateau crush crew worked something special and far better than from similar, critically acclaimed droughty vintages.

Technical notes
Harvest Dates: September 4 to September 27 Bottling Date: December 2006 Release Date: March 2008 Cases Produced: 8,200 Barrels: 30% new French Time in Oak: 23 months Sugar at Harvest: 26.0° brix Alcohol: 14.1%

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