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Melville Chardonnay Estate Sta. Rita Hills 2018

America, California Wine
93 VI
93 JD
92 RP

An amazingly rich Chardonnay with no malolactic fermentation. The expertise in viticulture and less intervention in the winemaking process really shine through here.

Country America
Region California Wine
Appellation Sta. Rita Hills
Producer Melville Vineyard & Winery
Vintage 2018
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
¥7,920  (incl. tax)

An amazingly rich Chardonnay with no malolactic fermentation. The expertise in viticulture and less intervention in the winemaking process really shine through here.

Country America
Region California Wine
Appellation Sta. Rita Hills
Producer Melville Vineyard & Winery
Vintage 2018
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Production

Viticulture

This wine is 100% from the Sta. Rita Hills estate and is a combination of clones 4, 76, and 95, along with Mount Eden, Hanzell, Hudson, Wente, and Melville selections. Chardonnay is planted predominantly on the west side of the estate where there are several different types of sandy soils. Because the west side receives the brunt of brutal ocean-winds and has only poor soils, the Chardonnay always captures the vibrancy, minerality, and concentrated flavors that are hallmarks of the Sta. Rita appellation.

Vinification

Our densely planted vineyard is harvested by hand then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in neutral French oak barrels (15+ years old), with zero malolactic and sur lie aging without any lees disturbance. Yields were 3.1 lbs/vine (2.8 tons/acre).

Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Bright sun-gold in color, with vibrant notes of salted apricot, tarragon and grilled Meyer lemon coming through on the nose. Fresh impressions of watermelon rind, fuji apple and jasmine frame a rich and plush mouthfeel on the mid-palate while a crisp streak of acid anchors the wines energetic and focused finish.

Press
93Vinous
93Jeb Dunnuck
92Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Producer

Producer Description

Santa Rita Hills Top Estate

Situated amongst the beautiful rolling hills of Western Santa Ynez Valley, Melville is dedicated to producing exceptional cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah grown exclusively in their estate vineyards throughout the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Prior to coming to the Santa Ynez Valley, the Melville family grew high-quality and greatly sought-after grapes in Sonoma County's Knights Valley for over ten years.

Ron Melville had a great desire to grow cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. In 1996 they founded Melville Vineyards in the area that was later to become the Sta. Rita Hills, an area located in the Western Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County. The family owned and operated winery is now known as one of the most highly-regarded estates in California.

The Sta. Rita Hills appellation in Santa Barbara County is unique geographical area with a valley traversing East to West with the Pacific Ocean bordering on the West end. The "sideways" orientation brings direct marine influence into in the vineyards throughout the appellation.

Melville currently has 120 acres under vine. The soil is mostly Lompoc dune sand, interspersed with clay loam and shallow hard pans of Monterey shale. These vineyards are predominantly north/south-facing, planted in a high-density fashion. Vineyard management is key element of the Melville philosophy of wine growing rather than wine making. By concentrating efforts out in the vineyard, prior to harvest, less work is need in the winery, and thus the true nature of the grape shines through in the final wine.

The estate currently has 16 clones of Pinot Noir, 9 clones of Syrah, and 6 clones of Chardonnay. All blocks are fermented in small lots and isolated through their entire period of elevage, which gives Melville's team with an ongoing exhibition of how they can fine tune vineyard practices in order to achieve the most unmanipulated and site-specific wines possible.

Data
Closure Technical Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.9%
Product Code MV181461
UPC 705105169774