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
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
20275912,195
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
20275912,195
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
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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.


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.


External Review
01/03/2012

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.


External Review
01/03/2012

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.


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
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

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).


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

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

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