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    Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010
    Chardonnay - Napa Valley, California

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    • V92
    • ST91
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    Wine.com Quick Facts

    Professional Ratings: 92 Vinous / Antonio Galloni, 91 International Wine Cellar

    Region: Napa Valley, California

    Varietal: Chardonnay

    Style: Rich & Creamy

    Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 120199

    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.

    Critical Acclaim:

    The 2010 Chardonnay is quite a bit fresher and more linear than the 2009, partly because of the length of the growing season, partly because it is a year younger. Slate, minerals, crushed rocks and grapefruit linger on the precise, crystalline finish. This is a very Chablis-like Napa Valley Chardonnay. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.

    92 Points
    Vinous / Antonio Galloni

    Pale bright yellow. Complex, brisk aromas of musky pineapple, medicinal herbs, white pepper and licorice; hardly your typical California chardonnay! At once dense and penetrating, with a strong spine of acidity and some unabsorbed SO2 currently hardening the middle palate. This rather uncompromising no-malolactic chardonnay displays a serious structure for aging, and will probably need five to seven years to soften up and come into harmony. Assistant winemaker Matthew Crafton noted that in the cool growing season of 2010 it was a challenge to ripen chardonnay in cooler sites in Napa Valley. Raging: 91(+?)

    91 Points
    International Wine Cellar
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    rednut (5/16/2014)
    Had this wine while on vacation. It was very nice, would not be surprised to find they were using Damy barrels. Nice front, mid and back. Has the makings of a great wine. 2014 was a bit soon, 16 maybe the year. Anyway it was delishious now and so please enjoy!

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