Fortune has published “Seven Ways to Enjoy White (Wine) After Labor Day,” and recommends Chateau Montelena 2016 Chardonnay as one of the top wines to enjoy year round. Despite warm temperatures, the publication notes that sales of white wines typically decline after the unofficial end to summer. The article offers great tips on the different styles of white wine to consider opening as the weather changes. In fact, writer Rachel King notes that “There might not be a finer white wine at a relatively affordable price point than this,” referring to the Montelena Chardonnay! She continues by adding “Expect aromas of honeysuckle, jasmine, and apple blossom along with wispy notes of vanilla and lemon balm. Green apple, candied orange peel, and baking spices anchor the flavors. The contrast between silky toast and sweet pear highlights a bright acidity and a rich finish that will become more supple and dynamic with age.” Read the rest of her write up and the great insights to keep in mind when it comes to white wines HERE
Napa Valley, California
A true icon. The Napa Valley Chardonnay is the wine that put Chateau Montelena and Napa Valley at the forefront of the wine world in 1976, in what is now memorialized as “The Judgment of Paris.” To great disbelief, the Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay was the top-ranking wine against four white Burgundies and five other California Chardonnays. And as they say, the rest is history.
Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
In 1976 Chateau Montelena put California at the forefront of the wine world. That year a who's-who of the French wine establishment gathered in Paris for a blind tasting of French and American wines. When the scores were tallied, the top-ranking white wine was Chateau Montelena's 1973 Chardonnay. Montelena today continues to be a quality benchmark in Napa Valley, producing some of the finest Cabernet and Chardonnay in California.