Montelena Estate Cabernet
2009 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml
The nose opens with big black cherry, currants, and plum spice cake notes. Underpinning all that fruit are layers of smoke, anise, and very subtle oak tones. The palate entry 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. A firm core of acid and barrel spice integrate beautifully across all layers, enhancing the structure and balance of this massive but approachable wine.
2008 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750 ml
Dense, rich ruby color in the glass, this Estate Cabernet Sauvignon shows complex aromas of dark cherry, dried fruits, earth, cedar, and vanilla cream along with hints of licorice and leather. The palate opens with big, chewy tannin – firm but not coarse – and builds even bigger into a mid-palate loaded with ripe red fruits and dried black fruits. There is a good, strong acid backbone completing the balance and structure. The barrel flavors are well-integrated throughout but are best evident in the warm and spicy finish. Still quite young and powerful, this dense compact wine will open beautifully with time in bottle (or glass).
2007 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml
The intense deep crimson color in the glass pulls you in, while the huge powerful nose captivates; layer on layer of spice, cedar, earth, and tobacco – all over a rich base of ripe black cherry, blackcurrants, cassis, and blueberry jam.  The hook is set with the first whiff.  Rich, round, juicy and mouth-coating, the palate delivers black cherry and black currant before moving on to brighter red fruits.  More subtle tones of butterscotch, anise, and sweet oak complement the fruit beautifully.   The huge classic structure of fine grain tannin and firm acidity persist all the way through to the clean crisp spicy finish. (1 bottle limit)
2006 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml
The 2006 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has an enticing deep garnet red color in the glass. On the nose there are complex notes of blackberry tart, clove, cinnamon, and cocoa, along with dried black currants. The mouth has a soft supple entry, youthful crisp acidity, juicy plum and rich bright red fruit notes, all complemented by loads of fine grain tannin and an under-layer of dried black currant.
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