Pale golden color in the glass, with the faintest hint of green belying its youth, this Chardonnay opens with rich and intense aromas of lemon, lime leaf, citrus flowers, and a touch of honey before moving into spicy pie crust and a hint of mascarpone creaminess – all topped with a nice flinty finish. The citrus trend continues on the palate with a firm acidity and tropical star fruit. This wine has excellent mouthfeel with big full texture and a mouthcoating creaminess that nicely complements the white stone fruit (nectarine and peach) and slight green apple fruit flavors. On the finish, look for a pleasantly subtle marzipan nuttiness. The harvest itself was a long one, starting late in the third week of September and stretching a full 28 days – we brought in the last of the Chardonnay lots in mid-October. This was one of those years where patience was the order of the day, and we were rewarded with excellent flavors and great juice chemistries. The result is another fantastic Montelena Chardonnay.