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Cht Montelena Chardonnay 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

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
601103139
4.00 5
01/23/2011

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


Snooth User: ianrshort
1013960147
5.00 5
01/08/2012

Five glasses


4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 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
20275912,198
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 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: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 09/21/2009

Tasted at the winery 9/20/09


Snooth User: aimseeee
2840965
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 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
13744642
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 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.


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External Reviews for Cht Montelena Chardonnay

External Review
01/03/2012

Captivating aromas of apple, pear, fresh herbs, dried spices and flowers. Quite dry and fresh mdash; in fact, almost austere mdash; with a lightly mineral, steely character to the flavors of apple, pear, citrus peel and dried herbs. Boasts very good density of texture and flavor intensity. Hold this for at least a few years before pulling the cork.


External Review
01/03/2012

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. ldquo;So now we donrsquo;t need as much new oak to compensate,rdquo; he noted, adding that 2007 was an outstanding vintage for chardonnay as there was no heat stress.


External Review
01/03/2012

Montelenarsquo;s non-malolactic Chardonnay hasnrsquo;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. Irsquo;m sure it will still be humming along 10 or more years from now.


External Review
01/03/2012

Montelenarsquo;s non-malolactic Chardonnay hasnrsquo;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 2006 Chardonnay has slightly more honeyed apple notes and hints of freshly squeezed orange juice and lemon zest. The wine is incredibly consistent from year to year, seemingly regardless of vintage conditions, and the 2006 seems to be just slightly more evolved and forward than the 2005. Irsquo;m sure it will still be humming along 10 or more years from now.


External Review
01/03/2012

The medium to full-bodied, fresh 2000 Chardonnayrsquo;s aromatic profile includes scents of nectarines, apple skins, ripe pears, and lemon butter with notions of oak in the background (15% new wood is utilized). It is long in the mouth, lively, and vibrant. This impressive effort will drink well for 5ndash;7 years.


External Review
01/03/2012

Winemaker Bo Barrettrsquo;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 Californiarsquo;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 5ndash;7 years, maybe longer.


External Review
01/03/2012

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. ldquo;A component of crushed fruit really pops the nose, accentuates the tropical fruit flavors,rdquo; noted Zacherle, ldquo;but the whole cluster element gives finesse and elegance.rdquo; Like the zinfandel, this chardonnay was mostly picked during the cool of night.


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