Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Chardonnay

9.131 ratings
9.12 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
Matt Waring

Terrific California Chard. Just the right amount of oak supports lush stone fruit and chalk.

Terrific California Chard. Just the right amount of oak supports lush stone fruit and chalk.

Jun 1st, 2020
AJR Burris

Absolute dominate Chardonnay. Amy 9/10 JR 9.5/10 price $45

Absolute dominate Chardonnay. Amy 9/10 JR 9.5/10 price $45

Apr 12th, 2020
Kirt Boxell

Great wine, lots of fruit but lacks the depth of the DuMol or Kistler Chardonnays

Great wine, lots of fruit but lacks the depth of the DuMol or Kistler Chardonnays

Feb 12th, 2020
Tracy Byrnes

This resonates with me.bright, crisp, and refreshing. Light on the oak, but forward with wet stone and acid. Elegant.

This resonates with me.bright, crisp, and refreshing. Light on the oak, but forward with wet stone and acid. Elegant.

Feb 10th, 2020
Sherwin Taghdiri

A wonderfully beautiful fragrance of apricot, vanilla and straw with a nice crispiness!
A really nice full body/mouth feel, with flavors of apricot and oak that is silky and lingers on the palate! Love it.

A wonderfully beautiful fragrance of apricot, vanilla and straw with a nice crispiness!
A really nice full body/mouth feel, with flavors of apricot and oak that is silky and lingers on the palate! Love it.

Nov 23rd, 2019
Andrea Watt

Light oak, pear, and lemon curd with hints of mineral. Very smooth but complex.

Light oak, pear, and lemon curd with hints of mineral. Very smooth but complex.

Oct 20th, 2019
Doug Adams

2016

2016

Sep 29th, 2019
Steven Beishuizen

Green apple crumble in a carpentry shop. The Granny Smith apple tartness is the principal note in my mind, but there's more to this one. A soft layer of sawdust in the corner? This is not an oak bomb by any means, but that powdery softness tames the acid of the apple flavors. This is one I've wanted to try for some time. A deep wine to be sure. Legend.

Green apple crumble in a carpentry shop. The Granny Smith apple tartness is the principal note in my mind, but there's more to this one. A soft layer of sawdust in the corner? This is not an oak bomb by any means, but that powdery softness tames the acid of the apple flavors. This is one I've wanted to try for some time. A deep wine to be sure. Legend.

Sep 16th, 2019
Doug Adams

2016.

2016.

Aug 1st, 2019
Mandi Lovasz

Finally, a chance to taste the Chardonnay that put California on the world stage, if Bottleshock is an accurate depiction. The 2016 is quite young, of course and tastes so at this point. It is a lovely light straw color, bright acidity. It’s young and not too oaky or buttery which was a surprise. Will be lovely in a few years when the acidity mellows, but not sorry I’m drinking it now.

Finally, a chance to taste the Chardonnay that put California on the world stage, if Bottleshock is an accurate depiction. The 2016 is quite young, of course and tastes so at this point. It is a lovely light straw color, bright acidity. It’s young and not too oaky or buttery which was a surprise. Will be lovely in a few years when the acidity mellows, but not sorry I’m drinking it now.

Jun 11th, 2019