2014 Melville Chardonnay Estate (Santa Rita Hills)
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $23.94 (Online Avg. $25)
The Melville’s have proven time and time again that for classic Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay and Pinot, they are the name to beat. This 2014 Estate Chardonnay has everything that we love from the cool climate region, with its exceptionally long growing season and heavy fog giving this wine its fresh snappy profile and deep flavor.
A perennial favorite and outrageous value, the 2014 Melville Chardonnay is broad and full with plenty of balancing acidity and complexity to make it delicious with or without food, and at $23.94 it is a serious value that puts it in range for a holiday house Chardonnay.
The Melville’s have managed to craft a reputation that puts them far away from the inaccessible cult category, preferring to fashion superb quality wines with terrific value. A family run winery, Parker has called them a “serious viticultural family with an impeccable vineyard and top-notch wines” while Jeb Dunnuck wrote that their wines are “some of the greatest values in the world of wine today!” Melville is one of our favorites in the Sta Rita Hills thanks to their extraordinary estate vineyard, serious value pricing, and exceptionally tasty wines.
This 2014 Chardonnay is “rich and powerful in the glass, yet also shows good energy” (Galloni 92pts). This is undoubtedly the perfect Chardonnay to have as your house wine in the coming months, and your guests will never guess the price tag! Cheers!