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Château Montelena

Château Montelena
2018 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$44.95

Château Montelena
2018 Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.9% RS: <1%
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, vanilla, and lemon with a supple, lively, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that presents accents of cornbread muffins, golden apple, vanilla, and baked pear with well-integrated, woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A Chardonnay that delivers on freshness and richness

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: New World
Aroma Aroma: pineapple upside down cake, vanilla, and lemon
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of cornbread muffins, golden apple, vanilla, and baked pear
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey, Roasted Chicken, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A Chardonnay that delivers on freshness and richness

The Producer

Acme Beverage Company

The Producer

Their Portfolio

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86 Beringer 2017 Founders’ Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $9.00.
86 Beringer 2018 Founders’ Estate, Chardonnay, California 13.9% (USA) $9.00.
85 Beringer 2018 Founders’ Estate, Pinot Noir, California 13.9% (USA) $9.00.
BR Beringer 2018 Founders’ Estate, Merlot, California 13.8% (USA) $9.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Beringer NV Main & Vine Rosé, California 11% (USA) $6.00. - Bronze Medal
86 Beringer NV Main & Vine, Pinot Grigio, California 12.5% (USA) $6.00.
BR Beringer NV Main & Vine, Chardonnay, California 13% (USA) $6.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Beringer NV Main & Vine, Merlot, California 13% (USA) $6.00.
BR Beringer NV Main & Vine, White Zinfandel, California 10% (USA) $6.00. - Bronze Medal
91 Beringer 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley 14.6% (USA) $21.95.
94 Château Montelena 2018 Chardonnay, Napa Valley 13.9% (USA) $44.95.
BR Flowers 2018 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 14.1% (USA) $39.95. - Bronze Medal
92 Hartford Court 2019 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $22.95.
93 Rombauer 2019 Chardonnay, Carneros 14.5% (USA) $33.95.
90 Sanford 2018 Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills 13.5% (USA) $33.95.
88 Silver Oak 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 13.9% (USA) $74.95.
92 The Prisoner 2019 Chardonnay, Carneros 14.5% (USA) $28.95.
89 The Prisoner 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 15% (USA) $44.95.
88 The Prisoner 2019 Red Blend, California 15.5% (USA) $37.95.
88 William Fèvre 2018 Chablis Champs Royaux, Chablis Premier Cru 13% (France) $26.95.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.