Rich and intense aromas of lemon, lime leaf, citrusflowers, honey and slightly nutty baked pie crust. The creamy texture is nicely complemented by expressions of white stone fruits (nectarines and peaches) and Granny Smith green apple with hints of marzipan on the finish.
Wine Spectator 87 points - A tart and flinty white, offering understated green apple, pear and stone fruit notes that gain, with a spicy, fruity aftertaste. Drink now. 14,319 cases made. –JL
(Jun 30 2014)
Wine Advocate 93 points - The 2011 Chardonnay appears to have more richness and body than the 2010, which is counterintuitive considering the cool year, but in 2011 Bo Barrett and his team had to wait until the end of October for this fruit to fully ripen, which, needless to say, is highly unusual. The characteristic Montelena Chardonnay aromas and flavors come through, but in a slightly richer style than normal. Hints of lemon oil, crushed rocks and flowers meld together beautifully on the resonant finish. Barrett adds that the 2011 was the first wine made in the new cellar, which is set up to handle small-lot fermentations. Whatever the reasons, the 2011 is striking in every way. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. (Dec 2012)
Located just north of Calistoga in Napa Valley, California, Chateau Montelena is an iconic
estate whose name is synonymous with excellence. Founded in 1882 by Alfred L. Tubbs,
this businessman steadily increased production until Prohibition, after which the property
fell into disrepair. In 1958, Yort and Jeanie Frank purchased the estate and slowly
transformed it into the beautiful property that it is today.
When the Barrett family bought the property in 1972, James Barrett focused his attention
on restoring the vineyards, winery and cellar. Chateau Montelena is a true family affair – for
more than 30 years, James’s son Bo has been master winemaker and responsible for the
consistently high quality of these benchmark wines. Other key members of the winemaking
team include winemaker Cameron Parry, assistant winemaker Matt Cratfon and vineyard
manager Dave Vella.
The infamous 1976 tasting in Paris placed Chateau Montelena at the forefront of the wine
world and the family continues to build upon that legacy by producing terroir-driven,
authentic wines of distinction.