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Review: Chateau Montelena Chardonnay 2016

July 22, 2019

Vinepair writer Keith Beavers’ latest review highlights the Chateau Montelena Chardonnay 2016. He gives the wine an A+ review, adding that it is perfect to enjoy on its own, as a special sip with family or when you want to “treat Yo ‘Self.” The descriptive write up makes us wish we had a glass of this wine in front of us right now as he rightfully points out that the wine is “an American Chardonnay done so right, with mineral-driven notes fresh melon and apples combined with honeysuckle.” He continues, “There are also deep, warm aromas of baking spices with nutmeg taking the lead followed by a hint of jasmine. The palate is warm and thought-provoking, yet refreshing, with a soft, salty creaminess heightening the well-integrated, comfy toasty-ness from oak. This wine is a beautiful example of power and balance; the American way.” Read the full review HERE

 

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