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2019 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay "Napa Valley"

Chateau Montelena 2019 Chardonnay

Winery: Chateau Montelena

Vintage: 2019

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Napa Valley"

Wine Category: Chardonnay

Grape blend: 100% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Napa Valley

State or country: CA

Price: $70

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 93 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (93)

Review date: November 15, 2021

Wine Review: This white gold colored Chardonnay from Chateau Montelena was enjoyed by our group. It opens with a cantaloupe and red apple bouquet with a hint of sea spray. On the palate, this wine is medium plus bodied with plus acidity. The mouthfeel is bright, round, and mouthwatering. The flavor profile is a lemon and mineral blend with notes of musk melon along with a trace of ginger. The finish is dry and very refreshing for a Chardonnay. We would pair this Chard with your favorite grilled swordfish recipe. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: Bright gold in color and incredibly aromatic, the ripeness of the vintage is most pronounced initially; melon, perfume, and orange blossom slowly give way to fresh peach, honeysuckle, and apricot. There’s very little overt oak influence on the nose, although it comes across subtly in the background as pie crust and toast. It's the suppleness and silky mouthfeel that strike first, although there’s abundant mango and citrus with Meyer lemon here as well. The minerality is chalky and distinct, a beautiful contrast that layers in with the acid adding both complexity and depth. There’s slightly more wood on the transition to the finish, surfacing as baking spice and crème brûlée.

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