This one is pretty simple. We were given the incredibly rare opportunity to raid directly from the cellar of one of the most famous wineries in Napa, California, or anywhere on the planet. Today, Chateau Montelena — the iconic Napa brand known for being one of the best wineries in America for over 125 years is offering us up Library Cabernet selections at unbelievable prices.
In the 2003 vintage, Bo Barrett, winemaker of the famous 1976 famous Judgement of Paris Competition winning white wine, makes a Cabernet that absolutely knocks your sock off. It’s an enormous Napa Cab, with gorgeous, ripe but still extremely youthful bright red fruits, long, chewy tannins and a full-bodied mouthfeel that lingers for minutes. This aged, yet still youthful collector’s gem was rated 94+ points in 2013 by Robert Parker, Jr. himself who declared, “This is a heritage wine from this great estate in northern Napa Valley.”
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94+ Points, Robert Parker, Jr.
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.
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