2009 Ch. Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay (1.5L) Single OK

2009 Ch. Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay (1.5L)

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A magnum of Chateau Montelena’s 2009 Napa Valley Chardonnay: something special for celebrating the festive season this year — or the end of social distancing in 2021! 10+ years may seem a lot for a California Chardonnay, but Chateau Montelena’s signature old world style that incorporates a low proportion of new oak, no malolactic fermentation, and fresh acidity means that at ten years, it’s starting to get interesting. Winemaker Cameron Perry wrote, "The bouquet draws you in with delicate nuances of wet stones, lychee, 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 lychee -- all complimented by subtle sweet oak. There is a delicate smoothness to this Chardonnay and fantastic weight all around."


Winery Description

Founded in the 1880s, Chateau Montelena was named for Mt. Saint Helena, the imposing peak that looks over the upper Napa Valley where the winery is located. For decades one of the valley’s top quality wine producers, the estate struggled in the years after prohibition and even ceased making wine from its grapes. That all changed in the late 1960s, when a group of partners led by Jim Barret revived the estate, restoring the iconic chateau-like winery building, the Chinese-themed gardens, and, most of all, the vineyards. In no time, Chateau Montelena was making wine that, along with other pioneers of that era, vaulted the Napa Valley into the major leagues of premium wine production. Indeed, by 1976 Chateau Montelena not only emerged as one of Napa Valley’s premier wineries, but awakened the entire world to the quality of California wine, when its 1973 Alexander Valley Chardonnay won first place in the infamous Paris Tasting, in which some of France’s greatest wine critics rated the Chateau Montelena above some of the most illustrious of white burgundies.

Since 1981, Bo Barret, son of the founder, has overseen the winemaking at Chateau Montelena, pursuing the goal of making flavorful but elegant, complex and age-worthy wines in the French style. Unlike many of its peers, Chateau Montelena’s wines do not undergo barrel fermentation, malolactic fermentation or even aging in exclusively new oak barrels in order to emphasize the nuances of the terroir and the natural flavors of the grapes.

The 98-acre Montelena Estate vineyards, spanning flatlands and hillsides north of the winery alongside the Napa River, features a rich mix of alluvial, sedimentary and volcanic soils as well as an intriguing variety of microclimates. Primarily planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, the estate also includes several blocs of Zinfandel. Vines planted in these rocky soils are naturally low-yielding, and such techniques as organic pest control, dry farming, and crop thinning bring yields down even further. The results of such low yields are evidenced in the consistent quality of the “Estate” wines: full-bodied, intense and flavorful - though somewhat tannic in their youth - elegant, complex and age-worthy.

In addition to the “Estate” wines, Chateau Montelena also produces Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyards elsewhere in the Napa Valley, Chardonnay from both the Napa and Alexander valleys and a small amount of Riesling from the Potter Valley in Mendicino County.

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Napa Valley
Winery Ch. Montelena
Vintage 2009
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Volume 1500ml
Bottle Size 10.5 x 36.0
Case Size 34.0 x 23.5 x 37.0
Alcohol 13.6%
Product Code MT09NCHg



Aged in French oak (9% new) for 10 months. 

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