Chateau Montelena Chardonnay 2018, Napa Valley, California

Nose: Golden straw-colored in the glass, the wine opens with cinnamon and ripe peach, bolstered by aromas of melon, g, and pear. More fruity than oral upon release, there’s nonetheless plenty of honeysuckle and spice, softening to green apple and vanilla. Palate: Initially fused wtih lemon curd and ripe orange, there’s dynamic tension transitioning to the midpalate between the suppleness of summer stonefruit and the austere acid beneath The citrus lingers as well, amidst a billowy texture that bolsters the bare minerality, contrasted only by the whisper-soft hint of fresh baked bread. Finish: Bright and fresh, ripe apricot along with orange marmalade lend a slight sweetness peppered by toasted almond and clove. 100% Chardonnay. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels.

$57.99