Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Chardonnay

9.11165 ratings
9.1169 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
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

Mag

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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 8 months ago

Don had this 8 months ago

1 person found it helpfulApr 18th, 2018
Jason Yeager

The original Napa Chardonnay. Always classy and excellent!!

The original Napa Chardonnay. Always classy and excellent!!

1 person found it helpfulFeb 1st, 2018