2004 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum
The heat dominated 2004 vintage was downright challenging, but there was nothing in it that the Montelena winegrowing team hadn’t seen before—we were ready. A mild and dry spring produced an extended bloom and considerable shatter resulting in a small fruit set. In August, temperatures began trending upward, and by harvest time it had evolved into a severe and prolonged offshore flow with very high heat, strong drying winds and exceptionally low humidity.
The Montelena earthy-berry aroma is very concentrated, showing lovely, classic Cabernet, warm earth and sun baked cassis with licorice and spice. On the palate, there is integration of strong, deep, concentrated fruit in a perfect balance. Super fine tannin grips the palate with ripe, rounds flavors that dance right on the seam between classic Bordeaux and California styles.
-Winemaker Bo Barrett