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Staff Pick

Ch. Montelena Chardonnay, Napa - 2016

Item # 67704 750mL
$56.99/ Single Bottle
$683.88 $615.49/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

In the glass the wine is exactly what you would expect from a young Montelena Chardonnay, showing bright yellow gold, with good color density. It smells great, like a green apple pie, bright and a little citrus-y, a bowlful of fresh fruit. The palate is very nice, very smooth, with classic Chardonnay flavors of apple and kiwi, and a lovely finish that leaves the palate refreshed and wanting more.


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Staff Pick Notes

This is literally the Chardonnay that put California wine on the map! The winner (for the whites) in the original 1976 Judgment of Paris and the center piece of the movie “Bottle Shock”, you must experience this legendary California Chardonnay for yourself. This is not an over the top buttery Chardonnay that California has since become known for but a reserved and much more traditional style of Chardonnay. Rich and round without becoming heavy or “goopy." This wine has excellent focus and is impossible to put down!

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About the Producer

Chateau Montelena Napa Valley, California, USA In January 1882, Alfred L. Tubbs purchased the 254 acre vineyard parcel twp miles north of Calistoga at the base of Mount St. Helena. He had heard that Napa Valley was a good place to grow grapes in California and found the soils in this parcel to be loose, well-drained and stony - just perfect for the vines he would plant. Tubbs planted his...

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Astor's Glossary of Terms

California

California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.

Chardonnay

From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking...

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