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2002 Chateau Montelena - Chardonnay Napa Valley 750ml
2002 Chateau Montelena - Chardonnay Napa Valley
USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley
White / Chardonnay
2002 Chateau Montelena - Chardonnay Napa Valley
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Professional Reviews


International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 114

($33) Bright aromas of spiced apple, pear, lime and mint; a bit cooler and livelier than the more tropical, caramelly 2001. Then juicy, firm-edged and penetrating, with a strongly mineral quality. Shows very good flavor development and intensity but is not yet pliant in the middle palate. Finishes with a juicy apple quality and very good length and cut. This will call for at least a year or two of additional aging when it's released in the fall.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 157

After a year of bottle age, the 2002 Chardonnay continues to reveal fresh apple blossom, white pear, and white peach notes in a medium-bodied, crisp style with good depth as well as refreshing acidity. Purity is a characteristic of these Chardonnays, and it is found in both the 2002 and 2003. Montelena has gotten away from their Calistoga cuvee, a blend of Cabernet, and now simply calls it Napa. They are trying to ratchet up the level of quality and are being more selective about the fruit that goes into this bottling.

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Patrick Trust Rating: 96 Tasted On: 12/28/2012

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