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hints of pear and vanilla... very lightly oaked. Read more
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. Read more
Spicy caramel and butterscotch tones on the nose. Still has great acid and lovely texture on the palate. Roasted hazelnut, apple, toasted marshma... Read more
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hints of pear and vanilla... very lightly oaked.
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.
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
Tasted at the winery 9/20/09
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.
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.
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.
External Reviews for Cht Montelena Chardonnay
Herersquo;s an enticing Chardonnay in a crisp and elegant style, its bright flavor profile including tart tangerine, citrus and lemon flavors and with a leafy, peachy, hazelnut edge to the finish. Itrsquo;s enjoyable now or can be cellared to 2002.
Cut from the same mold, the 2004 Chardonnay reveals more tropical fruit and lemon butter characteristics, but perhaps not the length and precision of the 2003. Nevertheless, it is a tasty, steely Chardonnay displaying little oak influence.
Montelena's non-malolactic Chardonnay hasn't changed in more than 30 years, and they certainly deserve credit for that. It rarely sees more than 20% new oak, and in certain vintages can age remarkably well. The 2005 exhibits beautiful precision, hints of Granny Smith apples, lemon zest, and a touch of orange rind, with medium body, zesty acidity, but surprising intensity and flavor. I'm sure it will still be humming along 10 or more years from now.
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.
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).
Fresh aromas of pear, apple, mint, flowers and minerals. Sweet and full but bright and youthful, with good citrus and spice intensity and an absence of rough edges. Still, this is a bit less penetrating and minerally than the 2002, which winemaker Barrett describes as "less heat-driven." Barrett is now harvesting his chardonnay fruit at night, pressing whole clusters to get more volume in the wine, and moving the wine from tank to barrel without any filtration.
A non-malo style that's loaded with apple, pineapple, citrus and white-peach fruit. Has a sweet-tart sense to the flavors, but finishes lean and crisp.
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