Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018 - 750ml
92 Points Vinous
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.
The palate, initially fused with lemon curd and ripe orange, presents dynamic tension transitioning to the midpalate between the suppleness of summer stonefruit and the austere acid beneath. The citrus lingers as well, amidst a billowy texture that bolsters the bare minerality, contrasted only by the whisper-soft hint of fresh baked bread.
On the finish, the wine is bright and fresh, ripe apricot along with orange marmalade lend a slight sweetness peppered by toasted almond and clove
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