2019 Ch. Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay

2019 Ch. Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay

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Chateau Montelena’s excellent Chardonnay continues to be made in the elegant manner of the wine that won the infamous Paris tasting in 1972. Sourced from a small vineyard in the relatively cool Oak Knoll District, the wine enchants with a perfume of melon, fresh peach and floral notes and supple palate of mango, zesty citrus and chalky minerality. About this wine, Antonio Galloni said, “Medium in body, with terrific energy underpinning the fruit, the 2019 is a winner. Picking early and blocking the malolactic fermentation yields a finely sculpted, nuanced Chardonnay long on class. I loved it.” Fresh seafood — crab, oysters, mussels, clams or shrimp – would be a knockout pairing with this wine.

Winery


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 2019
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 30.5
Case Size 34.0 x 25.5 x 31.5
Alcohol 14.1%
Product Code MT19NCH
UPC 733555351326
MLF 0%

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

94 points – Antonio Galloni (Vinous). 

Aromas of melon, orange blossom and pear open up to notes of fresh peach and apricot. The palate is supple and silky, with flavors of mango and citrus, giving way to baking spice and crème brûlée. Bright and fresh throughout, the wine finishes with notes of Asian pear, mango and pineapple. 

Production


Vinification

Fermentation in stainless steel tanks followed by 10-month’s aging in 100% French oak.

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