|U.S.A.||2018||Chardonnay Napa Valley, Château Montelena||BT||14 \ 0||168||410.00||12||168||45.555554666667||92.00||92.00||Chardonnay Napa Valley, Montelena||0.75||30|
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Chateau Montelena's 2018 Chardonnay is bright and finely sculpted, with terrific energy driving the citrus and floral flavors. Blocking malolactic fermentation keeps the flavors brisk. This cool site in Oak Knoll suits the Montelena style very nicely. Readers who enjoy focused Chardonnays will find plenty to like. This is an especially fine vintage for the Montelena Chardonnay. Drink 2020-2028.
The 47th vintage of Montelena Chardonnay. 13.9% abv. The wine is aged in French oak for 10 months. Pale lemon colour with a nose that blends fruit forward, tropical-lined fruit - mango and passion flower together with pure, ripe citrus and a storng note of gun smoke. The palate follows, very bright with a struck match character, the fruit bursts forward in layers of citrus and riper tropical tones. Zesty against a ripe background, the focus is on the fruit. A touch of wood smoke builds to the finish, but it is subtle and well integrated. Silky and long, with crystalline fruit persisting in tandem with spice.