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Cht Montelena Chardonnay 2008

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JUICY: Fresh citrus, pear & apple, floral notes, subtle oak spice, pretty texture

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Color: White
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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Snooth User: grbaKKy
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4.00 5
01/23/2011

hints of pear and vanilla... very lightly oaked.


Snooth User: ianrshort
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5.00 5
01/08/2012

Five glasses


External Reviews for Cht Montelena Chardonnay

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Winemaker Bo Barrett's 2003 Chardonnay is one of the finest made to date. This is the classic non-malolactic style of Chardonnay that can age for a long time in certain vintages. It is never as showy or flamboyant as some of California's more Burgundian-styled, full-malo Chardonnays, but it is crisp, with more concentration than one might expect. The 2003 offers abundant quantities of lemon/lime-like fruit, hints of white pears, white currants, and green apples, a steely backbone, and noteworthy concentration. It can be drunk young or cellared for 5-7 years, maybe longer.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Pale peach skin color. Bright aromas of apple, pear, pineapple and wet stone. Full but firm, with pineapple and more exotic tropical fruit flavors supported by underlying stoniness. Nicely fresh chardonnay, with firm backbone. Prior to the 2000 vintage, Montelena crushed all of its fruit; this was vinified with about 30% whole clusters. "A component of crushed fruit really pops the nose, accentuates the tropical fruit flavors," noted Zacherle, "but the whole cluster element gives finesse and elegance." Like the zinfandel, this chardonnay was mostly picked during the cool of night.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

An understated style that's fruit-driven, with pure, ripe pear, melon, anise and hazelnut flavors that turn elegant. Finishes with a minerally aftertaste. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

About 10% of Montelena's Chardonnays are now put through malolactic, and even more revolutionary, about 10% is now being barrel-fermented in new oak. The wine spends six months in neutral, old barrels prior to bottling. While reserved and tight when compared to some of California's more flamboyant Chardonnays, it does merit considerable interest. A virgin expression of Chardonnay, with abundant quantities of crisp, green apple, tangerine, and pear fruit, this wine reveals good acidity, an elegant yet full-bodied personality, surprising depth, and a reserved, austere palate.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Clean, elegant and flinty, with crisp floral, apple, apple skin, and light nutmeg flavors. Drink now through 2005.


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JUICY: Fresh citrus, pear & apple, floral notes, subtle oak spice, pretty texture

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