2008 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Etched Magnum
Beauty on both the inside and out, this etched magnum of our 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the perfect addition to your collection. Each bottle ships individually in a custom pine box designed exclusively for this vintage.
Nose Shows complex aromas of dark cherry, dried fruits, earth, cedar, and vanilla cream along with hints of licorice and leather.
Palate The palate opens with big, chewy tannin – firm but not coarse – and builds even bigger into a mid-palate loaded with ripe red fruits and dried black fruits. There is a good, strong acid backbone completing the balance and structure.
Finish The barrel flavors are well-integrated throughout but are best evident in the warm and spicy finish.
First, a cold and frosty spring caused a bit of damage and reduced the size of our crop. Then the heat and wind showed up right in time for bloom, which resulted in widespread shatter – again reducing the crop here on the Estate. The heart of the growing season was actually quite nice and normal, with the final hurdle being late heat during harvest. Some years Mother Nature throws you a curveball, but with years of practice and experience you can see that pitch coming and still connect for a home run. 2008 was one of those years where everything seemed to conspire to make life difficult here in the Napa Valley, yet we were rewarded with an incredible, concentrated, and exceptional Estate Cabernet that is very representative of the vintage.