2010 Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

In our world, there are three kinds of growing seasons: cool, warm, and “just right.” Any vineyard can produce great cabernet in a “just right” aka “Goldilocks” year; however, the best sites rise above the pack in challenging years. Cooler vintages, in particular, exemplify the truly exceptional nature of this piece of land – the grapes receive the prolonged hang time that is ideal for flavor development without getting baked by excess heat. These conditions enable us to craft classic, Old World-styled wines that showcase the incredible fruit our Estate produces.

The 2010 is shaping up to be another beauty. Violets, freshly cut flowers, mint, spice box and plums all jump from the glass in this vivid, beautifully delineated cabernet. (93-95 Points)

vintage weather

Wines produced in cooler vintages like 2010 tend to be quieter and more subdued upon release than the noisier, hot vintages. Nonetheless, these wines will evolve with unmatched grace and elegance. Perhaps the wine is simply echoing the long, steady growing season and extended time on the vine as it develops in the bottle. Who knows for sure, but whatever the case, you can expect great things from this year’s offering of the Chateau Montelena Estate.

tasting notes

Deep, saturated color is just one of the hallmarks of our Estate Cabernet, and this inky purple beauty shows great intensity all the way to the edge of the glass.  The nose is loaded with rich aromas of black fruits and spices.  Notes of blackberry solicit memories of hot summer afternoons while clove, allspice, vanilla, and hints of cocoa tease with thoughts of baked goodies.  Emerging from these layers is a core of brandied cherries, light oak, and a hint of anise.  This wine shows a smooth entry that steadily builds to a full, fleshy mid-palate, then evolves seamlessly into a rich, spicy finish that invites you back for more.  The black fruits from the nose are evident throughout the palate, and are complemented by lively, red fruit characteristics brought forward by the core of bright acidity.  There are loads of fine grain tannins that give mass to the wine without being aggressively astringent, hinting at the delicacy and suppleness that will come with time in the cellar.

Purchase Price $150.00
Harvest Date September 30 to November 5, 2010
Blend 98.75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.25% Cabernet Franc
Barrel Aging 22 months, 100% French, 29% new
Bottling Date December 2012
Release Date March 2014
Alcohol 14.2%