2002 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum
In the glass our 2002 has a dark, inky-purple color, saturated to the edge. It has a pronounced aromatic bouquet of luxurious pure ripe fruit, cassis and earth. The wine’s diverse, complex and powerful flavor profile - with ripe cassis, blackberry, and black cherry flavors supported by hints of tar and earth - prove that the painstaking and slow process of partial row harvesting was well worth the effort.
The tiny Cabernet berries yielded from the vineyard’s dry soils produced powerful yet silky tannins and a refreshing backbone of acidity which, combined with its bold structure and rich flavors, infused it with plenty of power to age for a long while. The wine is elegant, showy and polished, with plenty of body and plush ripeness. Fifteen years of aging has done its part to add complexity as well as allow for the concentrated, distinctive Montelena character to develop. Feel free to enjoy now or continue to cellar for years to come.
The 2002 growing season would appear “normal” by a simple review of the numbers. And although our annual rainfall was close to average, the rain fell mainly between November, 2001 and January, 2002, with very little precipitation in early spring. February and March were warm as well as dry, leading to an early bud break. The growing season was prolonged by cool weather in June and July, and then August heated up. Two weeks of high temperatures in the last half of September allowed us to finish harvest at the Estate on a fairly normal timeline around the middle of October.