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2006 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley (half bottle)
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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.

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2006 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley (half bottle)

Producer: Chateau Montelena
Style: White Wine
Grape Type: Chardonnay
Origin: California
Region: Napa

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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.

88 Points | Wine Spectator
91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Napa Valley

Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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Chardonnay

The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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