Chateau Montelena Chardonnay 2019 750ml

VA94
Bright gold in color and incredibly aromatic, the ripeness of the vintage is most pronounced initially; melon, perfume, and orange blossom slowly give way to fresh peach, honeysuckle and apricot. There’s very little overt oak influence on the nose, although it comes across subtly in the background as pie crust and toast. It’s the suppleness and silky mouthfeel that strike first, although there’s abundant mango and citrus with Meyer lemon here as well. The minerality is chalky and distinct, a beautiful contrast that layers in with the acid adding both complexity and depth. There’s slightly more wood on the transition to the finish, surfacing as baking spice and crème brulee. However, they’re handily overwhelmed by notes of Asian pear, mango and pineapple - absolutely delicious. In time, expect hazelnut and almond to appear.
Bright gold in color and incredibly aromatic, the ripeness of the vintage is most pronounced initially; melon, perfume, and orange blossom slowly give way to fresh peach, honeysuckle and apricot. There’s very little overt oak influence on the nose, although it comes across subtly in the background as pie crust and toast. It’s the suppleness and silky mouthfeel that strike first, although there’s abundant mango and citrus with Meyer lemon here as well. The minerality is chalky and distinct, a beautiful contrast that layers in with the acid adding both complexity and depth. There’s slightly more wood on the transition to the finish, surfacing as baking spice and crème brulee. However, they’re handily overwhelmed by notes of Asian pear, mango and pineapple - absolutely delicious. In time, expect hazelnut and almond to appear.

Ratings

VA94
Vinous Antonio Galloni

"Chateau Montelena's Chardonnay is bright, focused and tightly wound, with tons of citrus peel, orchard fruit and floral character. Medium in body, with terrific energy underpinning the fruit, the 2019 is a winner. Picking early and blocking the malolactic fermentation yields a finely sculpted, nuanced Chardonnay long on class. I loved it."

Product Detail

Size 750 mL
Producer Chateau Montelena Wine
Dominant Varietal Chardonnay
Vintage 2019
Country United States
Region California
Sub Region Napa Valley
Alcohol Percentage 14.1
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