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Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2009


SKU 12741


In the glass, this wine has a classic Chardonnay hue of pale golden straw. The bouquet draws you in with delicate nuances of wet stones, lichee, white peach, orange blossoms, and a slight hint of toasted almonds. The palate is soft and fleshy and loaded with bright citrus tones of sweet mandarin and Meyer lemon, white nectarine and rich tropical notes of guava, pineapple, and lichee - all complemented by subtle sweet oak. There is a delicate smoothness to this Chardonnay and fantastic weight throughout. This is the wine you'll want to bring to the next big dinner party or business lunch- get ready to accept the kudos.
Category White Wine
Country California
Region Napa Valley
Brand Chateau Montelena
Alcohol/vol 13.6%
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Wine AdvocateSpeaking of non-malolactic, the reserved 2009 Chardonnay exhibits delicate pear and honeysuckle notes as well as crisp, fresh acidity, medium body and a steely purity. This is often referred to as the Ric Forman style, but Montelena has been doing it as long as Ric has (as have such legendary wineries as Stony Hill).

Robert Parker, December 2010