Monte Bello Chardonnay 2010

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93 points Wine & Spirits: Scents of lemon, vanilla and salt air rush through this young chardonnay, a cool mountain w...

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Good but a bit tannic Read more

Crisp tropical fruit flavors with a slight hint of butter. Very lightly oaked. Wonderful on its own, with a favorite cheese, or with a fish or chic... Read more

The just-bottled 2010 Monte Bello combines pure structure and power in a rich, full-bodied style for this wine. Waves of dark red fruit, crushed ro... Read more

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Snooth User: runningbear
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3.00 5
03/16/2013

Good but a bit tannic


Snooth User: JPerrelli
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5.00 5
05/23/2012

Crisp tropical fruit flavors with a slight hint of butter. Very lightly oaked. Wonderful on its own, with a favorite cheese, or with a fish or chicken entree.


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External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

The just-bottled 2010 Monte Bello combines pure structure and power in a rich, full-bodied style for this wine. Waves of dark red fruit, crushed rocks, flowers, mint and grilled herbs wrap around the long, insistent finish. Today, the 2010 is slightly more reticent than it was last year, but the wine comes to life the more it sits in the glass. Always classy, the 2010 Monte Bello impresses for its impeccable balance. Count me among those who will be thrilled to own this magnificent California classic. The 2010 is a decidedly virile, powerful Monte Bello, qualities winemaker Eric Baugher attributes to a year with a very cold summer and periods of heat that arrived only towards the tail end of the growing season. In 2010, the blend is 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Anticipated maturity: 2020–2040.


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Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
06/25/2014

Inky ruby. Intense cherry, blackcurrant, licorice, pipe tobacco and cedary oak aromas show superb clarity and energy. Sweet, penetrating cherry-cola and bitter chocolate flavors are deeply concentrated but lively, picking up woodsmoke, floral pastille and allspice nuances with air. Smooth, harmonious tannins build slowly on the finish and meld seamlessly with the wine's vivacious fruit. Almost painfully young, this wine demands — and will reward — aging.


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Source: We Speak Wine
11/26/2009

1992> RP: 94-97 Points, WS: 91 Points 1994> ST: 95 Points, WS: 92 Points 1996> RP: 95 Points, ST: 94 Points


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
12/24/2012

Pale yellow. Candied citrus fruit and pear aromas are complicated by notes of vanilla and smoky minerals. Juicy and incisive, offering lively Meyer lemon and quince flavors that pick up a subtle touch of anise with air. The vanilla note comes back on the spicy, tenacious finish.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
10/01/2012

Clean and refined, pure, rich and elegant, this Chardonnay features a strong mineral, lime skin and green apple presence, gaining depth and dimension before fanning out nicely on the finish. Drink now through 2018.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2010 Chardonnay Estate is a beautiful, precise wine laced with citrus zest, crushed rocks and a hint of spice from the American oak. In 2010, the Chardonnay stands out for its energy and tension. It needs another year or two to settle down, but it is already striking in its beauty. Anticipated maturity: 2013andndash;2020.


External Review
11/14/2013

Things take a more serious turn with the 2010 Chablis Mont de Milieu which is a major step up from the preceding premier crus. Fruit structure and acidity are all deftly balanced in this harmonious impeccable wine. I especially like the level of nuance and pure delineation in the glass. A round textured finish rounds things out in style. Here again the seemingly opposite contradictory qualities of the vintage are both on display. The Mont de Milieu is at once approachable yet taut. I find the combination utterly irresistible. Anticipated maturity: 2013+. -Antonio Galloni Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


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Winemaker's Notes:

93 points Wine & Spirits: Scents of lemon, vanilla and salt air rush through this young chardonnay, a cool mountain wine with a clear impression of the California coast. It glistens with white cherry flavors, herbal scents of forest underbrush and a gentle, honeyed aftertaste. Already showing incipient complexity, this will gain depth and breadth over the next several years. (Aug 2012)

93 points Wine & Spirits: Scents of lemon, vanilla and salt air rush through this young chardonnay, a cool mountain wine with a clear impression of the California coast. It glistens with white cherry flavors, herbal scents of forest underbrush and a gentle, honeyed aftertaste. Already showing incipient complexity, this will gain depth and breadth over the next several years. (Aug 2012)

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