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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, round flavors that dance right on the seam between classic Bordeaux and California styles. I look back on the battle of 2004 with fondness because the wine is so wonderful now. And after 25 or more harvests we love the greatest challenges, because once they are but memories the toughest years become the most legendary adventures.
"Outstanding "A broad, flavorful, concentrated style with plenty of black currant, licorice, and spice. Another beauty from probably the most consistent winery for Cabernet Sauvignon over the last three decades" -Rated 94, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Outstanding "Dense, thick and powerful, with a chewy texture and impressive concentration to the plummy fruit. This has a silky texture, but no shortage of inner mouth energy. Finishes long and aromatic" -Rated 93, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
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