2019 TETHER Chardonnay Napa Valley

TETHER Chardonnay Napa Valley

¥8,030 (incl. tax)

Tether Chardonnay is 100% Napa Valley, with half of the fruit sourced from vineyards in Carneros and half from the Oak Knoll AVA. It is fermented and aged in French Oak (50% new) and undergoes complete malolactic fermentation. As a result, perhaps, the wine balances rich tropical aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple, papaya, lemongrass, and coconut with leaner-edged fresh pear and yellow apple. The palate is mouth-filling yet well-defined, clean, and precise. If you have been won over by Rombauer Chardonnay, Tether will surely seduce you with its myriad charms, a dazzling palette of fresh flavors but with little noticeable oak or butter.


Winery Description

Tether is another project by Mario and Anna Monticelli, the hard-working, wine-loving couple who also produce Stackhouse Cabernet. Anna and Mario both have viticulture and enology degrees from UC Davis and years of experience in the Napa Valley and Europe. Anna was assistant winemaker at Seavey Vineyard for two years and then Bryant Family Vineyard for five. She has been the winemaker at Piña Napa Valley since 2007. Mario’s father was born in Italy but emigrated to California, where he made wine at Gallo for 50 years. Mario worked a harvest in Tuscany at Villa Antinori, and then spent four years as the assistant winemaker for Philippe Melka, a consultant for many Napa Valley wineries. He became winemaker at Trinchero Napa Valley in 2007. Mario and Anna have full-time “day jobs” as winemakers or winemaking consultants; produce their own labels not only in the Napa Valley, but in Piemonte, Toscana, Abruzzo, and Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Italy. Oh! They are also raising three children. 

The label depicting an astronaut “tethered,” presumably to a spaceship, appears whimsical but also conveys a deeper message about life, humanity, and community. As we each step out and make our lives, we best stay tethered to our families, our friends, our communities, and the Earth… And what better cord exists to bind us together in a good life than good wine and food!

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Napa Valley
Winery Tether
Vintage 2019
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.5 x 30.0
Case Size 37.0 x 27.5 x 31.0
Alcohol 14.0%
Product Code TE19NCH
UPC 709870703881
MLF 100%

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Tasting notes

Aromas of pineapple, peach, and green mango with notes of jasmine, lemongrass, coconut and crushed rocks open up to a palate that is medium-to-full-bodied but lithe, polished and pure. Creaminess is balanced by acidity and freshness. 



Fermented in barrel and aged in 100% French Oak (50% new). 100% malolactic fermentation. 

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