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2003 Chateau Montelena "Estate" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1025630 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark A big wine from the Barrett family (14.2% alcohol), this 2003 exhibits earthy black currant fruit, the restrained but intense Montelena style, full body, good richness and impeccable balance, purity and density. The color is a healthy dark ruby/purple and the wine shows lots of cassis. In spite of the restrained aromatics, the palate is rich, full-bodied, substantial and persuasive. This 2003 is approachable now, but it will be even more gorgeous 15, 20 and 25 years from now. This is a heritage wine from this great estate in northern Napa Valley. (RP) 94+ Inner quote mark (6/2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright ruby-red. Sweet aromas of black cherry, flowers, menthol and creosote. Supple, sweet and fine-grained, though not especially nuanced for this wine. Strong note of chocolate. Finishes with a fairly fine dusting of tannins and lingering notes of cherry and licorice. (ST) 91+ Inner quote mark (6/2006)


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