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221 Ratings
Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley
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Wine Details

Varietal

Chardonnay

Style

White

Wine Description

(From 2013 Vintage) While the palate is opulent, full of lemon meringue, peach pie, and ripe strawberry, the vibrancy of the acidity reliably lays the foundation for food pairing and aging for many years to come.

Winemaker's Notes

In the glass, the 2012 Chardonnay bursts with aromas of ripe peach, green apple, and honeydew. Next comes a touch of vanilla, lavender and orange blossom, with an underlying note of star jasmine. The concentration of the wine is evident on the palate: the rich viscosity is cut by bright acid and layers of kiwi, grapefruit, and soft minerality. The finish is pure bliss with a touch of sweet oak and lemon curd that just doesn't quit.

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    Nice smooth and not too buttery. Opens nicely when warm. Gotta get more.

    12 months
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    apples, pear, oak. delicious chardonnay.

    about 1 year
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    apple and pear oak finish

    about 1 year
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    Great taste no tannins

    over 1 year
Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (From 2011 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 12/15/2012
  • Wine Spectator
    (From 2011 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/30/2014