Chateau Montelena made a few changes in the cellar this year by experimenting with their pressing programs in order to validate our existing protocols. They also aged a small percentage of the Chardonnay in stainless steel drums, rather than oak barrels, in order to bring in a “fruit reserve.” They undertook all of these steps to ensure that they are continuing to deliver Chardonnay with purity, complexity, and of the highest quality.
Brilliantly clear with a beautiful golden-straw color, this Chardonnay invites you in with tempting aromas of pear tart, tropical passion fruit and lychee, along with wet gravel and a subtle oak spiciness. The palate opens round and fleshy with flavors of juicy peach and mouthwatering, big, citrus notes of pink grapefruit and honey tangerine. The mid-palate is layered with green apple and an understated, nutty, oak tone which segues into an interesting long and spicy finish. Big structure and great weight throughout complement the numerous layers of flavors to complete the package on this classic, Montelena Chardonnay.