Cht Montelena Chardonnay 2008
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.
External Reviews for Cht Montelena Chardonnay
Understated and not too showy now, tough this is a wine that typically needs a year or two to develop. Restrained apple, pear and spice notes have a twinge of orange peel and citrus. Best from 2001 through 2010.
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.
The 2001 Chardonnay offers up gorgeously fresh citrus oil notes intermixed with a striking steely minerality, medium to full body, and a long, layered, backward finish displaying vibrant acidity yet loads of subtle, crisp flavors. While some vintages of these Chardonnays can last for 10ndash;15 years without any sign of oxidation, the 2001 will drink well for 5ndash;8 years.
About 10% of Montelenarsquo;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 Californiarsquo;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.
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.
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).
Captivating aromas of apple, pear, fresh herbs, dried spices and flowers. Quite dry and fresh - in fact, almost austere - 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.
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