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Chateau Montelena,Chardonnay

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Region: California
Refined Region: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2010
Grape Varieties:
Chardonnay 100% Colour: White Wine
Alcohol Level: 13.5%
Production Style: Conventional
Closure: Natural Cork

Availability: Out of stock


Bottle Size: 1.5L magnum
Pale golden colour in the glass, with the faintest hint of green belying its youth, this Chardonnay opens with rich and intense aromas of lemon, lime leaf, citrus flowers, and a touch of honey before moving into spicy pie crust and a hint of mascarpone creaminess - all topped with a nice flinty finish. The citrus trend continues on the palate with a firm acidity and tropical star fruit. This wine has excellent mouthfeel with big full texture and a mouthcoating creaminess that nicely complements the white stone fruit (nectarine and peach) and slight green apple fruit flavours. On the finish, look for a pleasantly subtle marzipan nuttiness.

The Domaine
The wines here at Chateau Montelena are often described as having classic “old-world” structure with ripe California fruit, and it is in years like 2010 that this really shines through. What that means is that these wines tend to have more acid, lower pH, and more moderate alcohol levels as compared to some of the flashy “modern” Cabs. This classic chemistry allows them to pair very well with a wide variety of dishes and sets them up for graceful aging. The beauty of our style is that you get all the wonderful ripe flavours that California is known for, but with much more expression of place, and without all the noise and distraction of high alcohols and overwhelming new oak flavours.

Slate, minerals and grapefruit linger on the precise, crystalline finish. This is a very Chablis-like Napa Valley Chardonnay.
Antonio Galloni- The Wine Advocate

Food Pairing
Excellent with pork or game and rich sauces.

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