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Chateau Montelena Chardonnay 2016

There are certainly regional differences in Chardonnays produced in the USA but the paramount definer of any individual wine is the intent of the winemaker. The delicacy of chardonnay offers a canvas onto which a winemaker can impress a wide variety of fragrances and flavours through the vinification techniques he chooses. I describe first the core fragrances and flavours then the most common nuances associated with these wines as they are made in America. Fragrances of the grape are apple and apple blossom, citrics but most often lemon and floral notes especially acacia. Winemakers can and do often impart vanilla, butter, which give a sense of intensity, and peanut brittle. The core flavours are apple again, pear, fig, melons and, once again, citrics most often grapefruit or lemon though here is mostly zest not juice. The winemaking can add texture and creaminess building the wine’s richness.

Where to find this wine

Accounts that have purchased this wine in the previous twelve months are listed below, alphabetically by city. Please call ahead to confirm availability or vintage

Total Wine & More - Bloomington
Bloomington
952-835-6063

Total Wine & More - Burnsville
Burnsville
952-835-6063

Total Wine & More - Chanhassen
Chanhassen
952-934-6484

Dolce Vita Wine Shop
Chaska
952-361-0044

Dennis Brothers Liquor
Cottage Grove
651-458-8932

Fitger's Wine Cellars
Duluth
218-733-0792

Edina # 3 - Vernon
Edina
952-903-5740

Tournament Liquor - Ham Lake
Ham Lake
763-434-9224

Lakeside Wine & Spirits
Long Lake
952-475-2936

Lincoln Square Liquor Barrel
Mahtomedi
651-770-0692

Total Wine & More - Maple Grove
Maple Grove
763-488-3300

Hennepin-lake Liquors
Minneapolis
612-825-4411

Surdyk's
Minneapolis
612-379-3232

Mgm - Minnetonka
Minnetonka
952-470-2062

The Wine Shop
Minnetonka
952-988-9463

Lunds & Byerlys - Minnetonka
Minnetonka
952-541-1414

99 Bottles
Moorhead
218-284-0099

Spirits Of Nisswa
Nisswa
218-963-7488

Top Ten Liquors - Ramsey
Ramsey
763-427-7131

Andy's - Marketplace
Rochester
507-535-7500

Andy's - Crossroads
Rochester
507-289-0777

Total Wine & More - Roseville
Roseville
301-795-1000

The Wine Shop - Nicholas Barth
Saint Cloud
320-251-7733

Thomas Liquor
Saint Paul
651-699-1860

Wayzata Wines & Spirits
Wayzata
952-473-7191

Total Wine & More - Woodbury
Woodbury
301-795-1000

Top Ten Liquors - Woodbury
Woodbury
651-501-1199

Mgm - Woodbury
Woodbury
651-739-4110

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