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2009 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

CS08 Label

Tasting Notes

One look at the dense crimson ruby color and you know that this is a big wine.  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.

Purchase Price
Harvest Date
September 16 to October 27
98.25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.75% Cabernet Franc
Barrel Aging
22 months
Bottling Date
December 2011
Release Date
Spring 2013
Cases Produced