1983 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley
192 Ratings
192 Ratings
1983 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2009 Vintage) In the glass, this wine has a classic Chardonnay hue of pale golden straw. The bouquet draws you in with delicate nuances of wet stones, lichee, white peach, orange blossoms, and a slight hint of toasted almonds. The palate is soft and fleshy and loaded with bright citrus tones of sweet mandarin and Meyer lemon, white nectarine and rich tropical notes of guava, pineapple, and lichee – all complemented by subtle sweet oak. There is a delicate smoothness to this Chardonnay and fantastic weight throughout.

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Expert Reviews
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  • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
    (From 2003 Vintage) Limited fruit and a smattering of oak emerge only slowly in the lean, lightly citric aromas of this clean, but small-scaled offering, and its sparse, slightly angular, mildly chalky flavors follow suit. If certainly serviceable with lighter seafoods, it lacks for richness and depth, and we expect a good deal more from a wine of this stature and price and from this winery.
  • Decanter
    (From 2003 Vintage) Rating: 0/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Lively acidity with plenty of minerality and a really voluptuous texture. The Chardonnay fruit shines through. Drink up to 2008-09.
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2003 Vintage)
  • Decanter
    (From 2003 Vintage) Rating: 4/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Blackcurrant, elegant use of oak. Very rich, voluptuous, concentrated, dense tannins. A touch austere, which is quite welcome. Very good length. Built to last. Drink 2012-17.
  • Wine Advocate
    (From 1999 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 132 on Dec-00