1999 Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay

SKU #995745 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1999 Chardonnay is one of the finest Montelena has made over recent years. Perhaps the introduction of some malolactic as well as barrel fermentation has given the wine more mid-palate and texture, without compromising Montelena's style. The wine possesses abundant quantities of lemon, pear, and apple notes, zesty, full-bodied flavors as well as crisp, nicely-integrated acidity, 13.8% alcohol, admirable concentration, and richness and density. It should last for 5-6 years.  (12/ 2000)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale peach skin color. Green apple, pear and honey on the nose. Fat, honeyed and rich but adamantly dry, with earthy low tones. Rather linear today, and not yet revealing its personality. Very young and in need of 9 to 12 months of patience.  (6/ 2001)

Wine Spectator

 Intense, with flint, peach, peach pit, mineral, citrus and leafy notes. It's complex and concentrated, the kind of wine that will benefit from short-term cellaring.  (5/ 2002)

K&L Notes

1999 was the second consecutive late vintage, with the entire growing season dominated by cool weather. Chardonnay, although an early-ripening variety, ripened a month later than average leading to a September - October harvest. The yield was also lower than average; a small crop was forecast and it came in even lighter than anticipated. Last bottles!

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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, M‚con, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
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United States

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California

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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.