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MONTELENA 11 CH
Item: #244010
Bottle Size: 750ML
WA: 93
$42.99
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CHATEAU MONTELENA 2011 CHARDONNAY NAPA VALLEY 750mL

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The 2011 Chardonnay appears to have more richness and body than the 2010, which is counterintuitive considering the cool year, but in 2011 Bo Barrett and his team had to wait until the end of October for this fruit to fully ripen, which, needless to say, is highly unusual. The characteristic Montelena Chardonnay aromas and flavors come through, but in a slightly richer style than normal. Hints of lemon oil, crushed rocks and flowers meld together beautifully on the resonant finish. Barrett adds that the 2011 was the first wine made in the new cellar, which is set up to handle small-lot fermentations. Whatever the reasons, the 2011 is striking in every way. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025."

The famed Paris Tasting of 1976 put California at the forefront of the wine world. That year, a who’s-who of the French wine and food establishment gathered for a grand tasting at the Inter-Continental Hotel in Paris. Four white Burgundies were tasted against six California Chardonnays. Chateau Montelena’s 1973 Chardonnay rated above all other wines, and the results proved that Chateau Montelena could produce some of the world’s finest wines, and that California’s wine industry had come of age. This release marks 40 years since the grapes were harvested for that famed bottling, and Chateau Montelena hasn’t missed a step, earning 93 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate! This Chardonnay shows a beautiful rich golden straw color in the glass with clean pure aromas of pear and crisp green apple, all overlaid with light tropical fruit notes and a hint of honeysuckle. On the palate, this wine has wonderful fullness and creaminess without being heavy. A clean soft entry is quickly followed by crisp acidity and a rich display of fruit including juicy nectarine and white peach along with a hint of lychee and fresh citrus. The flavors on the finish are reminiscent of pear tart while the oak contribution is well integrated throughout the profile, with just a touch of nuttiness showing through.
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