Fine Wine

May 06 - 14, 2019

Online Auction
LOT 549
CHATEAU MONTELENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2002 (1)
CHATEAU MONTELENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON THE MONTELENA ESTATE 2001 (1)
CHATEAU MONTELENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON THE MONTELENA ESTATE 2002 (1) WA 96
  • CHATEAU MONTELENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2002 (1)
CHATEAU MONTELENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON THE MONTELENA ESTATE 2001 (1)
CHATEAU MONTELENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON THE MONTELENA ESTATE 2002 (1) WA 96

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CHATEAU MONTELENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2002 (1)

Napa Valley.

CHATEAU MONTELENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON THE MONTELENA ESTATE 2001 (1)

Napa Valley.

CHATEAU MONTELENA CABERNET SAUVIGNON THE MONTELENA ESTATE 2002 (1)

Napa Valley.

This appears to be one of the great efforts from Chateau Montelena, something I think I was correct about when I gave it an “in the bottle” rating in 2006 of 95+. It is still an amazingly young wine that came from old vines on the famous St. George rootstock that did not require replanting because of the phylloxera epidemic that swept through Napa in the late 1980's and 1990's. Despite its lofty 14.4% alcohol (high by Montelena standards) and the overall flamboyance of the 2002 vintage, it needs another 4-6 years of cellaring. This young, classic Cabernet Sauvignon represents the quintessential traditional school of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It possesses an inky/blue/purple color in addition to a tight, but promising nose of black currants, crushed rocks, earth and spice. Rich, full-bodied, pure and brilliantly executed, with perfect harmony, this is a sensational yet forebodingly backward, youthful Cabernet Sauvignon that needs 4-6 years of cellaring and should keep another quarter of a century. WA 96

3 bts.    per lot $300 - $500

Realised: $720
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Additional Info:

Department: Wine
Bottle Count: 1-5
Bottle Formats: Standard 750ml
Has Tasting Notes
Mixed Lots
Score: 96
Type: United States Red
Vintage: 2001, 2002