2013 Napa Valley Chardonnay
Nose In the glass, the aromatics lean toward the floral and citrus families with rose petals, lemon blossom, and just a hint of ripe melon sneaking through.
Palate While the palate is opulent, full of lemon meringue, peach pie, and ripe strawberry, the vibrancy of the acidity reliably lays the foundation for food pairing and aging for many years to come.
Finish In classic Montelena fashion, the minerality steps into the spotlight on the finish, coupled with just enough orange zest, and the lingering richness of crème brûlée.
The stage was set early on in 2013, when normally reliable spring rains never materialized, and the likelihood of real drought appeared on the horizon. We’ve dealt with these types of vintages before, as far back as 1978, so we know the extraordinary potential of the wines as long as stress in the vineyard is managed and attention to detail is maintained in the cellar. A pleasant, albeit unexpected, splash of rain in June set up a picture perfect summer and ideal ripening weather all the way into August and an early harvest. Boots on the ground, both in the vineyard and the winery, make all the difference during dry years as flavors, aromatics, and textures in fruit evolve and develop at astonishing rates.