|The lovely Chateau Montelena|
photo courtesy of Chateau Montelena
I am talking about the famed Chateau Montelena, of the equally famed Napa region of California. You have never heard of it? I'll bet you have. While the name Montelena might not jump out at you, you probably have heard of the Judgement of Paris winery. Or the winery that put Napa (and thus California wines) on the map. Or the winery from the movie "Bottle Shock". That would be Chateau Montelena! And yes, the movie is all about the time that one upstart sommelier brought a Napa Valley Chardonnay to a blind French wine tasting competition, and beat the grape skins off the big boys from France.
photo via Winey Mom
and her scanner
|photo courtesy of Chateau Montelena|
So about that wine. The nose was full of red apples. The first taste to hit you is of oak and warmed cinnamon. Then you get the apple and nutmeg. (I just realized it sounds like I'm describing an apple pie - and I would have to say that the taste really did describe a nice juicy apple pie - from the top of the crust to the bottom of the apples!) The finish was tart and citrusy with hints of lime. Very full, very round and supple in my mouth. I could really taste the layers of the different flavors.
I really enjoyed this wine. I could easily see it as being a go-to white. It's very accessible - enough oak to give it some style, but not too much that you can't taste the bevy of flavors. It will cost a bit more than wines I usually review (about $50) but hey, I got it as a gift. You may want to do that as well - pair it with the movie or there is also a book ("Judgement of Paris" by George Taber). There is no rule that says you can't buy a gift for yourself, either. Just saying'. If you like white wine, you will love this one, as well as the history behind it.