Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Chardonnay

9.11203 ratings
9.1175 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Patrick Derdeyn

Its developing some really nice complexity at 7yrs. Still a big and slightly oaked chardonnay but developing some mineral and waxy notes as it ages.

Its developing some really nice complexity at 7yrs. Still a big and slightly oaked chardonnay but developing some mineral and waxy notes as it ages.

Jan 29th, 2019
Philippe Dupuis

Sample

Sample

Jan 10th, 2019
Cameron Parry

Nice job Matt!

Nice job Matt!

Jan 8th, 2019
Andrew Lohse

Apple pie, tropical fruit

Apple pie, tropical fruit

Dec 6th, 2018
Cameron Parry

10 years on and still just getting started. Beautiful fruit, bright acidity, rich color with no signs of browning. 1.5L

10 years on and still just getting started. Beautiful fruit, bright acidity, rich color with no signs of browning. 1.5L

Jul 2nd, 2018
Andrew Lohse

Crisp apple, baked apple. Crust, butter. Popcorn. Strong development of acid on the finish. Honeysuckle, simple vanilla cookie. Still balanced.

Crisp apple, baked apple. Crust, butter. Popcorn. Strong development of acid on the finish. Honeysuckle, simple vanilla cookie. Still balanced.

Mar 11th, 2018
Web Bond

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Jul 15th, 2017
Nathan Kandler

Winemaker Thomas Fogarty Winery

Taut with some green apple fruit, good energy and lively mouth.

Taut with some green apple fruit, good energy and lively mouth.

6 people found it helpfulJan 4th, 2014
Wilfred Wong

Chief Storyteller, Wine.com

9.1

Medium straw color; active stones in the aromas, keen and fine, some tart apples, excellent depth; medium bodied; dry, fine acidity, well balanced; bright apple flavors, maybe a note of chalk and sweet earth in the background; medium finish, lively aftertaste. This is a really fine effort and brings us back to the early years. The first vintage I tasted was the 1973, when it was just a baby and I really found it remarkable. (Best Served: 2014-2018) #chardonnay #napavalley

Medium straw color; active stones in the aromas, keen and fine, some tart apples, excellent depth; medium bodied; dry, fine acidity, well balanced; bright apple flavors, maybe a note of chalk and sweet earth in the background; medium finish, lively aftertaste. This is a really fine effort and brings us back to the early years. The first vintage I tasted was the 1973, when it was just a baby and I really found it remarkable. (Best Served: 2014-2018) #chardonnay #napavalley

5 people found it helpfulDec 21st, 2014
Luke Kenning

Sommelier/Wine Director Farallon Restaurant

9.3

As I find with many older age worthy Cali chards it takes about 30min to find its way to balance. This was in fantastic shape! Still a teen!

As I find with many older age worthy Cali chards it takes about 30min to find its way to balance. This was in fantastic shape! Still a teen!

4 people found it helpfulFeb 20th, 2014