Chateau Montelena Chardonnay
92 Points, The Wine Advocate: "Chardonnay is quite a bit fresher and more linear than the 2009, partly because of the length of the growing season, partly because it is a year younger. Slate, minerals, crushed rocks and grapefruit linger on the precise, crystalline finish. This is a very Chablis-like Napa Valley Chardonnay."
91 Points, International Wine Cellar: "Pale bright yellow with a hint of green in the glass. With complex, brisk aromas of musky pineapple, medicinal herbs, white pepper and licorice; hardly your typical California Chardonnay. At once dense and penetrating, with a strong spine of acidity. This rather uncompromising no-malolactic Chardonnay displays a serious structure for aging, and will probably need five to seven years to soften up and come into harmony. Assistant winemaker Matthew Crafton noted that in the cool growing season of 2010 it was a challenge to ripen Chardonnay in cooler sites in Napa Valley."
The Metro Wines Tasting Panel lemon and lime leaf with citrus flowers on the nose and that plus honey on the palate. The mouth feel is almost creamy contrasted with a flinty finish that offers an ever so slight marzipan nuttiness.