Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Chardonnay

9.11295 ratings
9.1186 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

8.8

Ripe Chardonnay fruit.

Ripe Chardonnay fruit.

Jul 1st, 2020
Jake Hajer

Out of Mag. Tasting pitch perfect: clay, mineral, white flowers, the stones of stone fruit, heady. Lean, unripe peach. Has the finish of Chablis (tart wet chalk) but has a more yellow fruit entry. Pretty. I want cases to age.

Out of Mag. Tasting pitch perfect: clay, mineral, white flowers, the stones of stone fruit, heady. Lean, unripe peach. Has the finish of Chablis (tart wet chalk) but has a more yellow fruit entry. Pretty. I want cases to age.

Dec 11th, 2019
Shay A
9.2

You have to analyze this for what it is and not what it was. This was purchased directly from Montelena in the past year. Amber and oxidized in the glass. This tastes like Jacques Selosse champagne minus the bubbles...honeyed everything upfront, with ginger, orange marmalade, and bruised pear juice. While not reminiscent of Chardonnay, I was surprised by the amount of flavor here. Pretty cool.

You have to analyze this for what it is and not what it was. This was purchased directly from Montelena in the past year. Amber and oxidized in the glass. This tastes like Jacques Selosse champagne minus the bubbles...honeyed everything upfront, with ginger, orange marmalade, and bruised pear juice. While not reminiscent of Chardonnay, I was surprised by the amount of flavor here. Pretty cool.

Aug 31st, 2019
Joshua Fisher

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winemaker shown

Aug 24th, 2019
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
Isaac Pirolo

An icon, and a superb accompaniment to Shrimp Creole. Chablis-like in style with Meyer lemon, tangerine oil, rocks, and a racy spine of acidity. #chrispine

An icon, and a superb accompaniment to Shrimp Creole. Chablis-like in style with Meyer lemon, tangerine oil, rocks, and a racy spine of acidity. #chrispine

Mar 31st, 2018