2012 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay


  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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Community Tasting Note

  • pgrzesik Likes this wine: 92 points

    January 8, 2020 - I can totally see why Chateau Montelena won the Judgement of Paris with their chardonnay by this bottle. The nose was filled with green apple pie, baked peach cobbler, lemon zest, and hints of vanilla. Really easy drinking, very flavorful, perfect acidity, and nice finish. The palate is rich and so easy to just have another sip because it is that delicious.

    This feels more like a grand cru white burgundy and certainly drinks like one. This wine is now 8 years old - but still feels and drink like it was just made yesterday, lots of vibrancy and energy still. This I feel is just entering its prime drinking window and will have many more years to go.

    Bravo Chateau Montelena!



  • oldwines commented:

    1/11/20, 6:16 PM - Thanks for the note...you’re spot on...they age so marvelously. You should try some in large formats. Magnums age even better. I have one of this vintage in 5L bottle for my grandson who was born in 2012.


    “oldwines” aka Dave


  • pgrzesik commented:

    1/11/20, 6:20 PM - Thanks for the nice comments Dave!

  • oldwines commented:

    1/11/20, 8:20 PM - FYI - My wife grew up in and has a lot of family in Worcester and the surrounding area!

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