Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay Library Release 2012 - 750ml

$ 75.00

What a difference a year makes. Literally hot on the heels of the chilly 2011 vintage, 2012 delivered a perfect growing season and a bumper crop to boot. More than anything else, we welcomed the sunshine. After honing our skills through the challenges of three consecutive cool years and appreciating the resulting stylistic nuances, it felt great to reach back into the tool belt and pull out some of the magic that characterized the “Legendary” vintages of the past four decades.

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In 1976, in what is now memorialized as “The Judgment of Paris”, Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay was the top-ranking wine against four white Burgundies and five other California Chardonnays in a blind tasting with a who’s-who of the french food and wine industry judging. And as they say, the rest is history.

Notes from the Winemaker, Matt Crafton, July 2014

VINTAGE WEATHER: Feeling ecstatic understates our reaction when the first Chardonnay grapes came off the vines in early September, three full weeks earlier than the previous year. Devoid of extremes, 2012 will be remembered as a blockbuster vintage. ere were no frost events, brutal heat spikes, drying wines, or excessive rains. Just perfect Napa Valley ripening weather. Late rains in March replenished the soils right in time for budbreak, which kicked off a remarkable period of grand growth and ideal maturation. It’s in these vintages—1997 and 2005 were similar—when the unique characteristics of our vineyards really shine through in the aromatics and flavors of the wines.

The Chardonnay for the 2012 vintage is sourced from vineyards located in the south-central Napa Valley appellation, near the base of Mt. Veeder and Dry Creek Valley Road on the western bench of the Napa Valley. It has a good north-eastern exposure with a slope of 4-7%. The Haire-Loam soil has a profile very similar to that of the Carneros region, although the climate is slightly warmer. The vineyard site, developed from old ocean terraces and alluvial fans, contains a lot of sedimentary material such as decomposed shale and blue/gray clay. This soil mixture gives moderate drainage and slight acidity. Typically, the Chardonnay has a concentrated floral, green apple aroma and a refreshing and persistent impression on the palate.

NOSE: In the glass, the 2012 Chardonnay bursts with aromas of ripe peach, green apple, and honeydew. Next comes a touch of vanilla, lavender and orange blossom, with an underlying note of star jasmine. 

PALATE: The concentration of the wine is evident on the palate: the rich viscosity is cut by bright acid and layers of kiwi, grapefruit, and soft minerality. 

FINISH: The finish is pure bliss with a touch of sweet oak and lemon curd that just doesn’t quit.

HARVEST DATES: September 7–27 

BARREL AGING: 10 months, 100% French oak. 8% new 

BOTTLING DATE: August 2013


Country United States
Region Napa Valley
Ratings 92 Points V
Varietal(s) 100 Chardonnay
Color White
ABV 13.6%
Vintage 2012
Size 750ml
Closure Cork

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Shipping wine around the country is very expensive. We charge about a third less than what it actually costs us. If you need to return your order (or if the wine gets returned back to us because you were unable to receive it after 3 attempts and you didn't email us to make other arrangements), we need to collect a return shipping fee that is up to double the amount of the shipping you paid. Upon receiving the wine back we will refund for the wine minus the initial shipping cost. In the event that we make a mistake we work with you to fix whatever went wrong at no additional cost to you.  

Please contact info@craftcurd.com with any additional questions.

Adult signature will be required at time of delivery.

$50 minimum order.

By placing an order through our website you are affirming that you are at least 21 years of age and that someone 21 and over will sign for the package.

We now ship FedEx to all states we ship to with the exception of PA, DE and KY (UPS). To the state of TX we use a small carrier called LSO but shut down shipments there during the summer months. 

If you specify we can ship to a FedEx location to be held for pickup at no additional charge. You can search for the nearest FedEx location (no drop boxes) by clicking here and use that as your shipping address. Most Walgreens locations will now hold wine orders for you (state of LA excluded). They will come up in the search results at www.fedex.com/locate/ if that service is available to you. 

General Shipping Policies:

It is ideal for the package to be received on the first delivery attempt especially when the weather is warm or extremely cold. We cannot ship to PO Boxes.

 

“All alcoholic beverages purchased from this site are sold in the

state of Florida and title passes to the buyer in Florida. Craft &
Curd makes no representation to the legal rights of anyone to ship or
import alcoholic beverages into any state outside of Florida. The
buyer is solely responsible for the shipment of alcoholic beverage
products. By placing an order with Craft & Curd, buyer authorizes
Craft & Curd to act on buyer’s behalf to engage a common carrier to
deliver buyer’s order.”

Return Policy:

Shipping wine around the country is very expensive. We charge about a third less than what it actually costs us. If you need to return your order (or if the wine gets returned back to us because you were unable to receive it after 3 attempts and you didn't email us to make other arrangements), we need to collect a return shipping fee that is up to double the amount of the shipping you paid. Upon receiving the wine back we will refund for the wine minus the initial shipping cost. In the event that we make a mistake we work with you to fix whatever went wrong at no additional cost to you.  

Please contact info@craftcurd.com with any additional questions.

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