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About Chateau Montelena
Chateau Montelena has produced wine in the Napa Valley for over 100 years. But only since 1972, when the Barret family took over management, has quality taken off. Overseeing the production of roughly 36,000 cases annually, winemaker Bo Barret produces classic, austere Cabernet Sauvignons as well as Zinfandels and Chardonnays.
89(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2008
($42) Bright yellow. Complex aromas of pear, apple, spices and herbs. Juicy and penetrating, with a youthful firm edge to the intense apple and pineapple flavors. Very fresh, no-malo chardonnay that needs time in bottle to soften and harmonize.