Number one in the Judgment of Paris, and first in our hearts, Chateau Montelena knows a thing or two about crafting show-stopping Chardonnay. Bright, focused, and tight as a drum, the 2017 vintage is another winner. An opening gambit of peach and honeydew leads deftly into a ripe and energetic palate overflowing with stone fruit and orange zest. Lush, viscous, and memorable, this Chardonnay is not to be missed.
Montelena's 2017 Chardonnay is bright, focused and tightly wound, with tons of citrus peel, orchard fruit and floral character. Medium in body, with terrific energy underpinning the fruit, the 2017 is a winner. Picking early and blocking the malolactic fermentation yields a finely sculpted, nuanced Chardonnay long on class. I loved it.