Review: 2010 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley

Yes, this is the wine. The one that in 1976 beat down all the French Burgundies in the famous Judgement of Paris with its 1973 vintage Chardonnay.

It’s easy to see the charms in this wine. It is fresh and fruity, full of big apple, pear and lots of lemon notes. It is both creamy and plenty acidic, lacking the buttery overload of so many California Chardonnays. The finish brings on a distinct vanilla character that works really well with the apple, echoing a sort of caramel apple flavor that is perfect for fall festivities — either with your roasted bird or your dessert course.

A winner, ready to go now.

A / $50 /

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