The non-estate Cabernet Sauvignon, which is now completely sourced from Calistoga vineyards, provides a fine introduction to the Montelena winemaking style. Normally Bo Barrett includes 10-15% Merlot in the blend, and these wines often age for 10-15 years. The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon is the sexiest of the three most recent vintages. A soft, deep ruby/purple-tinged offering with loads of black currant fruit as well as hints of damp earth, licorice, and underbrush... (RP)
Montelena blends their estate grapes with fruit from other Calistoga sources to create this Cabernet. In '02, it has the rich, seamless density of a young Cos d'Estournel. The black extract offers fineness rather than rough edges, the finish lifted by peppery spice. Cleanly made, and ready for grilled sirloin.
Red-ruby. Sweet, expressive aromas of plum, currant, loam and tobacco. Supple and fat but dry, with good flavor intensity. Seems fatter and riper than the more medicinal 2001. Finishes with substantial broad, dusty tannins. (ST)
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