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2003 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

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2003 was a fine growing season at the Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Cabernet vineyards. A warm March encouraged the vines to begin their growth and April rains replenished the moisture content in in soils, especially important in our dry-farmed vineyard blocks. Spring weather thus insured excellent vine health and growth later in the season. Consistently moderate weather prevailed for most of the summer, ending with a moderate heat wave that signalled harvest had arrived.

In the glass the wine has a nice dark ruby red colour. The complex aromas show the influence from both the moderate and the warm periods of this long vintage. The Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon has very pronounced ripe jammy fruit aromas of plum and black currant that display the warmth of the vintage. Less obvious Cabernet tones of liquorice and earthy complexity from the cool middle of the season lurk under the more obvious notes of fruit. On entry this Cabernet is very round and full, while the mid-palate yields a graceful weight and balance with soft tannins. Notes of pepper add complexity to the smooth, rich cassis dominated flavours. Characteristic of Montelena Cabernet, there is a nice, finely polished tannic structure to the lengthy finish. As we release this wine in the Spring of 2006 it will require a few minutes to show its fullness, but as we move past Spring and Summer our 2003 vintage will flow from the bottle.

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