2005 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

From a 375ml bottle. 14.2% alcohol. Initially the alcohol was front and center but this gradually disappated. Decanted for 1.5 hours. Black cherries in the nose, lots of fruit, lots of tannin but it seems balanced, a richer wine than what I am used to from Montelena. Needs several years. 93 points
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Had this by the glass at a local place. I had the last of bottle that the bartender said had been open since lunch (so 5-6 hours). This is a very nice wine. Rich is definitely the right description. Tannins were still present, but not as bad as described by Pippin. lots of lush, dark fruits and a slight mocha overtone. I would agree with 93+ points and I would buy myself for home. Would love to see this in a few years.
Opened one just to see how it is doing. I do not feel too much guilt when I open a 375ml early. Rich nose exploded from the bottle. Ripe black fruits, mouthcoating, big wine but elegant. Just needs time. Best drinking window is probably at age 10+. 94 points
Decanted for 3 hours before having with burgers, then drank over the next 4+ hours. Aroma bit closed at first, but developed into plum, light oak and tobacco. Also get a bit of clove. Taste is really interesting in that it has plum and blackberry, yet is very light and has some oak. This was still going very strong after the 4 hour mark, so I think this has a lot of life left. 95 points.

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