2007 Melville Viognier Vernas
Viognier - 750ML

  • WA 94

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2008
The 2007 Viognier Verna's Vineyard may be the finest example of this varietal I have tasted in California. Extraordinary minerality and precision despite its enormous power are what sets it apart from most blowsy loosely... The 2007 Viognier Verna's Vineyard may be the finest example of this varietal I have tasted in California. Extraordinary minerality and precision despite its enormous power are what sets it apart from most blowsy loosely constructed Viogniers. It possesses copious quantities of nectarine mango and orange blossom aromas as well as a hint of lychee nuts but it is the wine's well-delineated character that is so remarkable. Enjoy it over the next 1-2 years.From one of the Santa Rita Hills' superb vineyard sites the Melville wines are made by Greg Brewer.
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Alex Lallos - JJ Buckley, July 2008
Pale golden yellow in color. This beautiful Viogner shows loads of stone fruits including nectarine white peach and apricot. The midpalate is light and fresh with a nice array or orange zest apricot and peach flavors... Pale golden yellow in color. This beautiful Viogner shows loads of stone fruits including nectarine white peach and apricot. The midpalate is light and fresh with a nice array or orange zest apricot and peach flavors. Well focused with a precise finish. So easy to drink...
Color & Type White
Varietal Viognier
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2007

Winery

Melville

In 1996, founder Ron Melville's desire to grow cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah brought him to the Sta. Rita Hills where he established his winery, situated amongst the beautiful rolling hills where the grapes are grown exclusively in their three estate vineyards.

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. The estate currently has 16 clones of Pinot Noir, 9 clones of Syrah, and 6 clones of Chardonnay - all on a variety of low-vigor rootstocks. All blocks are fermented in small lots and isolated through their entire period of elevage, which provides 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.

Melville “grows their flavors,” using no new oak and adding only yeast.