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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010
Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010
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Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale golden color in the glass, with the faintest hint of green belying its youth, this Chardonnay opens with rich and intense aromas of lemon, lime leaf, citrus flowers, and a touch of honey before moving into spicy pie crust and a hint of mascarpone creaminess – all topped with a nice flinty finish. The citrus trend continues on the palate with a firm acidity and tropical star fruit. This wine has excellent mouthfeel with big full texture and a mouthcoating creaminess that nicely complements the white stone fruit (nectarine and peach) and slight green apple fruit flavors. On the finish, look for a pleasantly subtle marzipan nuttiness.
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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.