Lighter in color than the Savennieres. Bright and lively. Fruit and oak are beautifully integrated. Stone fruit, lime, flowers. Firm and vigorous on the palate with great fruit definition and a long finish.
The 1973 Montelena Chardonnay was the wine that outscored some prestigious white Burgundies at the 1976 Judgment of Paris. On that alone, the wine has earned a premium price ($74.99 retail, $46.59 for those attending the event). What's relevant, of course, is what's in the bottle in the 2017 vintage. And there is no question that this is a classic Napa Chardonnay, respecting the traditions of the estate and the appellation.