Top 10 wines in the US press

21st November, 2013 by Andy Young

2011 Château Montelena Chardonnay

2011 Chateau Montelena ChardonnayAnd finally this recommendation comes from Irene Virbila in the LA Times. She wrote: “This is an elegant Napa Valley Chardonnay from Château Montelena, very much still in the style that won the famous Paris Tasting of 1976 and launched California Chardonnay onto the world wine scene. Silky on the palate, the 2011 has aromas of pear, citrus and honeysuckle. A bright acidity and a discrete touch of oak gives the ripe fruit flavours a lift. A wine to savour.”

She added: “This would be a great bottle to take to a holiday dinner with people who would appreciate its finesse. It shows best with shellfish or fish in sauce — coquilles St. Jacques, lobster with drawn butter or Dungeness crab, but also a simple roast chicken.”

2 Responses to “Top 10 wines in the US press”

  1. robert crandall says:

    very much in the style that won the 1976 paris judgement? Pick up a book every once and awhile and learn that the block of grapes and the winemaker do not belong to ch. montelena and have not since 1976!!!

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