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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2008
Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 107788)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Brilliantly clear with a beautiful golden-straw color, this Chardonnay invites you in with tempting aromas of pear tart, tropical passion fruit and lychee, along with wet gravel and a subtle oak spiciness. The palate opens round and fleshy with flavors of juicy peach and mouthwatering, big, citrus notes of pink grapefruit and honey tangerine. The mid-palate is layered with green apple and an understated, nutty, oak tone which segues into an interesting long and spicy finish. Big structure and great weight throughout complement the numerous layers of flavors to complete the package on this classic, Montelena Chardonnay.
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About Chateau Montelena:

Chateau Montelena was founded in 1882 by Alfred Tubbs. The renaissance of the winery, under the leadership of James Barrett, began in 1972 with the replanting of the Estate vineyard and the establishment of the Chateau Montelena philosophy: make the best, period. Today the tradition continues. Jim Barrett’s son, Bo, winemaker at Chateau Montelena beginning in 1982, is now its Master Winemaker. After more than three decades of experience with the same vineyards and varieties, the Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Napa Valley Chardonnay are recognized as world-class.