2005 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley
195 Ratings
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195 Ratings
2005 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley

Winemaker's Notes

"The flavors follow, leading with classic Napa ValleyChardonnay varietal character and showing strong Bartlett pear. Thepalate is one of fresh, huge fruit - lovely, luscious, andmouthwatering. This Chardonnay is built to age, and I fully expect thatafter a couple of years of proper cellaring its many layers ofunderlying structure will begin to emerge. So as tasty as this wine isnow, by then it will really be rocking!" Winery Notes

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"The flavors follow, leading with classic Napa ValleyChardonnay varietal character and showing strong Bartlett pear. Thepalate is one of fresh, huge fruit - lovely, luscious, andmouthwatering. This Chardonnay is built to age, and I fully expect thatafter a couple of years of proper cellaring its many layers ofunderlying structure will begin to emerge. So as tasty as this wine isnow, by then it will really be rocking!" Winery Notes

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