Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Chardonnay

9.1182 ratings
9.211 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Chardonnay
Top Notes For
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
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
Kyle Doucet-Walter

Easy to see why these guys were chosen to be judged alongside French burgundy benchmarks.

Easy to see why these guys were chosen to be judged alongside French burgundy benchmarks.

Apr 14th, 2017
Isaac Pirolo

Lemon custard and crushed white rock on the nose. The palate adds tart pear along with the entire spectrum of citrus which rides a beam of acidity all the way through the long, chalk dusted finish. Blind, I would convince myself it's Chablis, and a good one. A classic.

Lemon custard and crushed white rock on the nose. The palate adds tart pear along with the entire spectrum of citrus which rides a beam of acidity all the way through the long, chalk dusted finish. Blind, I would convince myself it's Chablis, and a good one. A classic.

Nov 13th, 2016
Shay A
9.1

Tasting notes from a Judgement of Paris anniversary event at Cadillac Wines tonight...
Tart, green apple, and great acidity. Very little butter, which was a refreshing take on a chard. Same recipe has been used to make this wine since the beginning. Great history.

Tasting notes from a Judgement of Paris anniversary event at Cadillac Wines tonight...
Tart, green apple, and great acidity. Very little butter, which was a refreshing take on a chard. Same recipe has been used to make this wine since the beginning. Great history.

May 19th, 2016
Sylvain Rhainds

2013

Feb 1st, 2020
Skip Smyser

A great wine in large format for Christmas dinner ✝️2013 remains my favorite of recent releases. Lush red fruit and marvelous tannins 🍷😎

A great wine in large format for Christmas dinner ✝️2013 remains my favorite of recent releases. Lush red fruit and marvelous tannins 🍷😎

Dec 26th, 2019
Sarah Lampe

I think I had huge expectations of this wine going in and was left disappointed. In no way is this a bad wine, I think I just put it up there on a pedestal given the winery and thought I would be blown away. There was nothing overly stunning or unique, but definitely a solid Chardonnay. We probably should have aged it longer, so that may have been on us.

I think I had huge expectations of this wine going in and was left disappointed. In no way is this a bad wine, I think I just put it up there on a pedestal given the winery and thought I would be blown away. There was nothing overly stunning or unique, but definitely a solid Chardonnay. We probably should have aged it longer, so that may have been on us.

Jul 15th, 2018
Justin Wade

Good, but not as oaky as expected. Not the best year for my pallet.

Good, but not as oaky as expected. Not the best year for my pallet.

Mar 6th, 2018
Matt Perlman

A classic, old world styled with lemon, ripe orchard/pit fruit and a hint of butterscotch. Seemed a touch disjointed initially but came together with air. Overshadowed by Asher’s bitchin’ socks (top left)

A classic, old world styled with lemon, ripe orchard/pit fruit and a hint of butterscotch. Seemed a touch disjointed initially but came together with air. Overshadowed by Asher’s bitchin’ socks (top left)

Dec 15th, 2017