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2009 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum

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Wine Notes

The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted to showcase the distinctive characteristics of our unique site in the Calistoga AVA. Known for the most extreme diurnal swing in Napa Valley of all AVAs, meaning higher daytime temperatures and colder nights, Calistoga’s higher elevations and austere soils are conducive for well-balanced red wines. The growing season in 2009 was defined by the cool summer, with no major heat waves all season. Any warmer weather was immediately followed by a long cool period. The effect of all of this was slow and steady ripening with long hang time and a later than average start to the harvest.

By focusing on precision viticulture techniques, small fermentation lots, and earlier integration of more precisely chosen barrels—matched to the unique characters of each lot—the wine is approachable at a younger age, while retaining the core elements that ensure a long life in the cellar.

-Former Winemaker, Cameron Parry

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