Chateau Montelena 2015 Napa Valley Chardonnay Magnum | 92 POINTS

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The 2015 Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay shows the ripeness of the vintage as pineapple and stone fruit burst from the glass during the first pour. Fresh melon, along with cinnamon, nutmeg and myriad of baking spices follow suit as the wine begins to warm and its aromatic opulence comes into focus. While the toasty barrel character sets the stage for richness and depth, the beautiful interplay between the crisp, fresh orange zest and ginger notes interact with the creaminess and texture from sur lees aging. The texture of the midpalate seamlessly overlays the dense, concentrated finish, punctuated by baked apple, vanilla, and a hint of white pepper.

Varietal Composition: 100 percent Chardonnay
Appellation: Napa Valley AVA
Aging: 10 months in French oak

92 Points - Vinous
"Just bottled, the 2015 Chardonnay is shaping up to be a gorgeous wine. The warmer vintage has resulted in a slightly richer style of Chardonnay, although the house style built on energy and tension is still very much in evidence. Candied lemon, white flowers and mint are nicely textured. Soft, enveloping and gracious, the 2015 will drink well with minimal cellaring." -AG, Dec/2016


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