The Manual recommended Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018 as a white wine to enjoy all winter.
The story notes, “finding a refined and truly dialed-in California Chardonnay isn’t quite as easy as it used to be these days but some of the old guard are still up to some tasty old tricks.” Describing the Montelena Chardonnay, the writer adds, “this wine bursts with brioche, zest, and fresh flowers while staying buttoned up with class and cellar potential.”
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Napa Valley, California
A true icon. The Napa Valley Chardonnay is the wine that put Chateau Montelena and Napa Valley at the forefront of the wine world in 1976, in what is now memorialized as “The Judgment of Paris.” To great disbelief, the Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay was the top-ranking wine against four white Burgundies and five other California Chardonnays. And as they say, the rest is history.
Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
In 1976 Chateau Montelena put California at the forefront of the wine world. That year a who's-who of the French wine establishment gathered in Paris for a blind tasting of French and American wines. When the scores were tallied, the top-ranking white wine was Chateau Montelena's 1973 Chardonnay. Montelena today continues to be a quality benchmark in Napa Valley, producing some of the finest Cabernet and Chardonnay in California.