CHATEAU MONTELENA Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018 Case x 12 Bottles - PRE-RELEASE
White Still Wine | America | California | 75cl
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Wine Style: Medium Bodied
As the Jersey importer for Chateau Montelena we are delighted to offer you the new release of Napa Valley Chardonnay and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2018 vintage, along with the latest 2017 vintage of the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
We are also pleased to offer a rare library release of the 2013 Napa Valley Chardonnay and 2007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, wines with perfect provenance which come directly from Montelena’s cellars. These wines show just how brilliantly Montelena’s wines age, something truly special and not to be missed.
The 2018 Napa Valley Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are anticipated to arrive in autumn 2021. The 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and the library vintages will be available closer to Christmas 2021.
Chateau Montelena shot to fame in 1976 at the iconic Judgement of Paris which shook the wine world to its core when their 1973 Napa Valley Chardonnay won first place against an enviable line-up of top French Burgundies. They have been making top-class wine for over 30 years and firmly established themselves as an iconic Napa Valley estate. Interestingly the Barretts, owners and chief winemakers here for two generations, have always seen red winemaking as their true calling, but the legend of the 1973 Chardonnay will live on forever.
The charming Bo Barrett took the reins from his father Jim after learning his trade and continues his legacy with vigour and a lot of cheeky quips along the way. He calls himself one of the last ‘no voodoo’ winemakers, explaining that nowadays in California there is a tendency to overthink the process. Instead, he keeps it simple, giving the estate the tagline “A family-owned company that follows the weather”! Bo’s laidback and jovial attitude belies the meticulous and conscientious man beneath the surface. However, shrouded in chilled out, Californian surfer dude charm as he is, he makes a good point - in a temperate climate like this, if you have the terroir, you let the vines do the work and interfere with them as little as possible.
The estate produces one non-Napa wine, to provide something a little different, the Potter Valley Riesling from Mendocino County. This is a beautiful new world expression of Riesling, displaying beautiful characters of tarte Tatin, vanilla, gooseberry fool and crumbly pastry. A touch of salinity and gentle hints of hazelnut lift the patisserie elements, and the grape’s trademark acidity knits everything together seamlessly. The Napa Chardonnay is one of the few Chardonnays from California that behaves like a Grand Cru Chablis, with aromas of pear tart, tropical passion fruit and lychee, along with a subtle and spicy oak character. The palate has juicy peach flavours and mouth-watering citrus notes of pink grapefruit and honey tangerine leading to a long and spicy finish. The Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
is silky with aromas of ripe plum, black cherry, dried blackcurrant and rich cocoa, with mellow barrel tones. Sustainability is at the very heart of Chateau Montelena’s philosophy and they converted 100% to solar power in 2007.
Paradoxically, the “easy” or “straightforward” vintages can be the most difficult for me as a winemaker. The media, critics, and industry representatives tend to praise classic California vintages as a tide that lifts all ships, providing a simple, neat narrative that makes for clean headlines and a universal endorsement of the resulting wines. And they’re correct. For those wineries making high-volume, formulaic products, these vintages can be a godsend. But for us at Montelena, the challenge becomes how to artfully craft the mosaic, that beautiful composition of the disparate parts of each vineyard block into something truly captivating and nuanced, amidst so much uniformity. 2018 certainly qualifies in that it would have been tantalizingly easy to fall into the rut of recipe-driven, prescribed process. Thus our objective became how to highlight subtlety; how to tactfully magnify the shades of flavor that are so easily obscured by the abundant sunshine. It’s a unique mindset in that we actively search for and embrace the challenge. It’s the Montelena way.
92 points, Antonio Galloni
"Chateau Montelena's 2018 Chardonnay is bright and finely sculpted, with terrific energy driving the citrus and floral flavors. Blocking malolactic fermentation keeps the flavors brisk. This cool site in Oak Knoll suits the Montelena style very nicely. Readers who enjoy focused Chardonnays will find plenty to like. This is an especially fine vintage for the Montelena Chardonnay."
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Pricing - No further discounts apply. Prices include Freight, Jersey Import Duty & GST.
Delivery - Autumn/Winter 2021
Storage - Free storage until 30th April 2022 in our temperature-controlled storage facility.
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