'Our legacy of leadership and stewardship informs how we make decisions both in the vineyard and winery; we’re deeply respectful of the past, but openly embrace bold ideas as we aim to craft extraordinary wines each year. The 2017 Chardonnay embodies that perfectly. While our neighbors were still prepping their crush pads, we were deep in our Chardonnay vineyards tasting the incredible flavor development that just couldn’t be seen using routine lab analysis. The result was our recognition of an incredibly tight window to harvest while the sweetness, acidity, and flavors were in perfect balance.' Chateau Montelena
Honeysuckle, jasmine, and apple blossom, along with wispy notes of vanilla and lemon balm, highlight a harmony of classic Chardonnay aromas. Green apple, candied orange peel, and baking spices anchor a panoply of vineyard flavors. Seamlessly interwoven between each is fresh, bright acidity along with incredible minerality and depth that slowly build texture and weight. The contrast between silky toast and sweet pear highlights an exceedingly rich finish that will only become more supple and dynamic with age.
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