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Cht Montelena Chardonnay 2007

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91 points Stephen Tanzer (IWC): Bright yellow. Musky peach, pear and apple fruit aromas and flavors are complicated by flowers and herbs. Concentration and precise, with a dusty impression of extract and very good length. Quite strong for this no-malo chardonnay. Bo Barrett is now vinifying with a higher percentage of whole clusters... (May/Jun 2009)

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Varietal: Chardonnay
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Chateau Montelena Winery:
Chateau Montelena's rich history began on a chilly fall morning when Alfred L. Tubbs spaded over and inspected the soil where he thought of planting estate vineyards. He'd heard the Napa Valley was the best place to grow grapes in California. A deal was struck and in January of 1882 the San Francisco entrepreneur owned 254 acres of rugged land just two miles north of Calistoga at the base of Mo... Read more
Chateau Montelena's rich history began on a chilly fall morning when Alfred L. Tubbs spaded over and inspected the soil where he thought of planting estate vineyards. He'd heard the Napa Valley was the best place to grow grapes in California. A deal was struck and in January of 1882 the San Francisco entrepreneur owned 254 acres of rugged land just two miles north of Calistoga at the base of Mount Saint Helena. The soils are well drained, stony and loose – perfect for the vine cuttings he would plant. It took less than a decade to turn his dream into reality. First Tubbs planted his vineyards, then he built his Chateau, and in 1886 he imported a French-born winemaker. By 1896 his winery, christened Chateau Montelena (a contracted form of Mount Saint Helena), was the seventh largest in the Napa Valley. The next chapter began with the renaissance of Chateau Montelena Winery and the Estate vineyard. Under the leadership of Jim Barrett, the vineyard was cleared and replanted, and the Chateau outfitted with modern winemaking equipment. He assembled a team to oversee the vineyard and winemaking, then grew and contracted for the highest-quality grapes in the Napa Valley. In 1972 wines were made for the first time. Decades later, this celebrated family-owned winery continues to thrive with Jim Barrett at the helm. The Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Montelena Estate Zinfandel are grown in one of the world's most unique winegrowing properties. The Estate vineyard is comprised of varied terrain, from flat to steep hillsides. The vineyard gently slopes downward towards its base, where a small patch of sedimentary soil was deposited by the settling of an ancient ocean or lake. Read less

Member Reviews for Cht Montelena Chardonnay

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4.00 5
06/29/2009

Clean, mineral nose. Punchy peach and lemon zest palate, quite clean and lightly oaked, finishing with good citrus and a bit of almond and vanilla.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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4.00 5
09/21/2009

Tasted at the winery 9/20/09


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
05/17/2013

Spicy caramel and butterscotch tones on the nose. Still has great acid and lovely texture on the palate. Roasted hazelnut, apple, toasted marshmallow. Showing very nice and age has added lovely complexity to the flavors. 92 pts. 5/9/13 at winery


Snooth User: aimseeee
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4.00 5
06/25/2009

Bright golden color, slight butter on the nose, some floral as well as well. Slight oak, but not over whelming, with a nice spice at the finish. Measured fruit with a mineral finish.


Snooth User: Darkstar67235
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3.50 5
08/20/2009

Greenish gold in the glass, nose of apples and fresh citrus. First taste... medium bodied, with a initial rush of apples and tropical friut, light oak, and good acid balance. Finishes nicely, good with seafood and cream sauce pastas, I should think. I will keep a couple in the cellar.


Snooth User: jjwtnbe
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4.50 5
09/29/2009

Nice chardonnay, light fruity, clean through and through. Lighter feel than what i was expecting but nice. Price is a bit on the ritch side.


Snooth User: Marathon83
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2.50 5
09/23/2010

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Cht Montelena Chardonnay

External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
07/28/2010

91 points - Wine Spectator"Bright yellow. Musky peach, pear and apple fruit aromas and flavors are complicated by flowers and herbs. Concentration and precise, with a dusty impression of extract and very good length. Quite strong for this no-malo chardonnay. Bo Barrett is now vinifying with a higher percentage of whole clusters and getting less bitterness as a result. 'So now we don't need as much new oak to compensate,' he noted, adding that 2007 was an outstanding vintage for chardonnay as there was no heat stress." (May/June '09) 90 points - Robert Parker"The 2007 Chardonnay offers up aromas of white peaches, apple skins, and crushed rocks presented in a fresh, medium-bodied, dry, zesty format. Drink it over the next few years (some vintages can age over a decade). Chateau Montelenas sale to the owners of Bordeauxs well-known second-growth, Chateau Cos dEstournel, fell through, no doubt because of the global economic crisis. It was unquestionably shocking that this Napa icon was on the block, and about to be sold to, of all people, the French, who Montelena had defeated in the famous Steven Spurrier tasting of 1976. Tasting through the wines with the ever reliable Bo Barrett is always a lesson in candor and honesty. Montelenas negociant blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, from northern vineyards in the Calistoga area, is meant to represent a Montelena house style, but it is much softer and less ageworthy, thus is the ideal restaurant/steakhouse wine." (12/08)


External Review
09/22/2010

Bright yellow. Musky peach, pear and apple fruit aromas and flavors are complicated by flowers and herbs. Concentration and precise, with a dusty impression of extract and very good length. Quite strong for this no-malo chardonnay. Bo Barrett is now ... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2007 Montelena, Chateau Chardonnay 750ml


External Review
Source: CityWineCellar.com
04/12/2011

91 points - Wine SpectatorBright yellow. Musky peach, pear and apple fruit aromas and flavors are complicated by flowers and herbs. Concentration and precise, with a dusty impression of extract and


External Review
05/31/2009

In the glass the wine is exactly what you would expect from a young Montelena Chardonnay, showing bright yellow gold, with good color density. It smells great, like a green apple pie, bright and a little citrus-y, a bowlful of fresh fruit. The palate is very nice, very smooth, with classic Chardonnay flavors of apple and kiwi, and a lovely finish that leaves the palate refreshed and wanting more.


External Review
04/24/2009

The 2007 Chardonnay offers up aromas of white peaches, apple skins, and crushed rocks presented in a fresh, medium-bodied, dry, zesty format. Drink it over the next few years (some vintages can age over a decade). Robert Parker. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2007 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay 750ml



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91 points Stephen Tanzer (IWC): Bright yellow. Musky peach, pear and apple fruit aromas and flavors are complicated by flowers and herbs. Concentration and precise, with a dusty impression of extract and very good length. Quite strong for this no-malo chardonnay. Bo Barrett is now vinifying with a higher percentage of whole clusters... (May/Jun 2009)

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