This is a dreamy creamy white founded in stony mineral and juicy acidity that shows a mix of baked apple, pineapple and melon. A tease of green olive provides a briny, salty edge to its tense balance. A lingering hint of vanilla oak figures prominently on the lengthy floral finish. (VB)
The 2014 Chardonnay from Montelena is outstanding. Coming all from the Oak Knoll region of the Valley (the southern part) and aged in French oak, it offers terrific notes of pineapple, white flowers, some exotic citrus/tangerine character, and just a hint of tropical fruits. Clean, vibrant, impeccably balanced and with a great finish, drink it anytime over the coming 8-10 years.
The 2014 Chardonnay is bright, focused and finely-cut. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint and white pepper give the 2014 much of its lifted, mid-weight personality. As always, the Montelena Chardonnay is done in a brisk, dry style, with blocked malolactic fermentation. This is a terrific set of new releases from Bo Barrett and winemaker Matt Crafton. (AG)
Rich with orange blossom and peppery olive-oil notes, this warm and smoky Chardonnay offers the creaminess and cinnamon spice of French oak aging. It’s firm enough in structure to meld its buttered-toast notes into the citrus fruit. Pour it with roast fish.
Presents a laser beam of fresh, vibrant green apple, melon, baking spice and gravelly earth flavors. Oak is a nonfactor. Purists will warm to the style. Drink now. (JL)
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