Chateau Montelena

Napa Valley Chardonnay

9.116 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
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
Kaelig

High acidity, off dry.

High acidity, off dry.

Jun 7th, 2019
Meghan Gallagher Tripi

Easy. Tastes like a nice Chardonnay.

Easy. Tastes like a nice Chardonnay.

Mar 24th, 2019
Rob B
9.0

Rob had this a month ago

Rob had this a month ago

Sep 18th, 2019
John Berghoff

John had this 3 months ago

John had this 3 months ago

Jul 19th, 2019
Martin Sher

Martin had this a month ago

Martin had this a month ago

Sep 15th, 2019