2008 Chateau Montelena 'Estate' Cabernet Sauvignon

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What winery has a better story than Chateau Montelena? They helped catapult Napa Valley onto the world’s stage back in ’73 and their wines are still commanding respect from consumers and critics alike. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate called their ’08 release a gorgeous, mid-weight wine laced with mint, cassis, sweet herbs and tobacco. It is an understated, gracious wine from start to finish. This is a relatively approachable vintage for the Estate. It shows tons of finesse and mid-palate generosity while maintaining a medium-bodied personality." Built to age but you can have fun with it now…the best of both worlds! "

Napa's beloved wine Chateau was founded in 1882 by Alfred Tubbs who had heard that Napa Valley was California's premiere grape growing region. Turns out he was on to something great. The estate has passed through the hands of some generous stewards, expanding and resurrecting her beauty after various trials (Prohibition comes to mind). Jim and son Bo Barrett are to be credited with the estate's world-class reputation. Jim purchased the winery in 1972 as he "wanted to do something to make people happy." The iconic estate was featured in the film "Bottle Shock" which fictionalized the estate's rise to international fame after the 1976 Paris Tasting. Their Chardonnay may have catapulted them to the world stage, but it's not the only gem in their arsenal.

Varietal:
Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage:
2008
Country of Origin:
United States
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol %:
13.8%
Score Wine Advocate:
92
Score Wine Spectator:
92
SKU #:
1WCMO08CS3E
Size:
750 ml Bottle
WA92

Wine Advocate

The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a gorgeous, mid-weight wine laced with mint, cassis, sweet herbs and tobacco. It is an understated, gracious wine from start to finish. This is a relatively approachable vintage for the Estate. It shows tons of finesse and mid-palate generosity while maintaining a medium-bodied personality. Today it is quite young, although it is drinking well. Readers who prefer more tertiary notes will want to cellar the wine for at least a few years. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028.

WS92

Wine Spectator

Old-school, but well-done, this is tight and firm, showing a dense, balanced mix of dried currant, mineral, cedar, cigar box and tobacco flavors. Ends with good depth, range of flavor and tannins. Best from 2013 through 2023.