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1997 Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay

SKU #400779 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 1997 Chardonnay possesses a crisp, medium to full-bodied, honeyed pear, apple, lemony-scented and flavor. This wine has an uncanny aging potential, and is powerful, but its lack of barrel and malolactic fermentation gives it a refreshing, zesty, Chablis-like personality Inner quote mark (1/2000)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Aromas of pear, grapefruit, honey, resiny oak and earth. Creamy-sweet but brisk in the mouth, with a strong apple flavor. Boasts a nicely layered texture and noteworthy intensity. Finishes quite firm, with a flavor of baked apple. I'm not generally a fan of non-malolactic chardonnay from this part of Napa Valley, yet the Chateau Montelena wine is consistently interesting-and ageworthy Inner quote mark (6/1999)

K&L Notes

Montelena uses only French Oak for all of their wines. The Chardonnay is definitely made in a French style. Upfront the wine is toasty and rich, round and creamy in the middle with hints of mineral and cinnamon on the finish. Excellent acidity gives the wine a clean feel in the mouth. This wine drinks well now, but is an excellent Chardonnay to age.

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