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.
Bo Barrett has always been considered a trailblazer in American winemaking, proving the doubters wrong when he said his Calistoga plot of land would be perfect for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. By 1976, when his white wine won at the famous Judgement of Paris in 1976, he was immediately recognized as a world-class winemaker. But over the years, it’s his Cabernets that have earned the most fanfare and clamoring for a chance to hold on to one of the best American collector’s items there is.
The 2009 is bristling with energy, a silky-smooth, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon that is drinking better than any 2009 I’ve had from anyone yet. It’s a truly fantastic effort and another bottle that you really should have in your cellar.
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94 Points, Vinous Media
Bright ruby-red. Penetrating aromas of black cherry, dried flowers and brown spices. Not as silky as the 2004 through 2007 vintages but boasts noteworthy refinement and savory intensity, with fresh, harmonious acidity giving the wine good focus and finesse. Excellent depth here if not quite the flavor development of vintages like ’07 and ’04. Still, this conveys a thickness of texture and a faintly exotic quality and finishes with very suave tannins. The summer was rather cool but steady, and there was enough warmth in September to ensure ripe tannins without burning off needed acidity, noted Bo Barrett. A fairly elegantly styled Montelena Estate.
93+ Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Montelena’s 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate wraps around the palate with serious depth. Even with all of its intensity, the 2009 has a silkiness that makes it incredibly delicious at this early stage. Red berries, flowers, tobacco and sweet herbs all flesh out on the generous, radiant finish. While many 2009s are a bit tight today, Montelena’s 2009 Estate is showing very nicely, although it is keeping some cards close to the vest. I imagine the 2009 will start to enter its prime drinking window around age 8-10 and drink well for at least another decade beyond that. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.
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