Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Chardonnay

9.11122 ratings
9.1162 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
Jason Yeager

The original Napa Chardonnay. Always classy and excellent!!

The original Napa Chardonnay. Always classy and excellent!!

Feb 1st, 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
Cheryl Weaver

I am a dry red kind of gal, but this chilled Chardonnay was just the thing for a warm Memorial Day weekend. Refreshing pear finish and just an awesome wine.

I am a dry red kind of gal, but this chilled Chardonnay was just the thing for a warm Memorial Day weekend. Refreshing pear finish and just an awesome wine.

2 people found it helpfulMay 26th, 2014
Don Ho
9.4

Don had this 7 days ago

Don had this 7 days ago

1 person found it helpfulApr 18th, 2018
Jason Bower

Nice Classic Chardonnay expected to age well. Slight tartness should smooth out with age. Not buttery like many other Napa Chardonnays.

Nice Classic Chardonnay expected to age well. Slight tartness should smooth out with age. Not buttery like many other Napa Chardonnays.

1 person found it helpfulAug 9th, 2017
Cameron Parry

Ok, so I thought the '11 was my favorite, but the '13 just knocked it off. Damn! The pure beauty of Chardonnay.

Ok, so I thought the '11 was my favorite, but the '13 just knocked it off. Damn! The pure beauty of Chardonnay.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 29th, 2016
Will Meinberg

Sales Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

9.2

When in Napa. This is actually quite enjoyable.

When in Napa. This is actually quite enjoyable.

1 person found it helpfulOct 19th, 2015