2008 Melville Chardonnay Estate Santa Rita Hills
Chardonnay - 750ML
  • WE 95
  • WA 92
  • IWC 92

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WE 95
Wine Enthusiast, August 2010
#42 on Top 100 of 2010; Massive opulent oozing in pineapple créme brulée honey buttered toast and cinnamon spice flavors. Totally decadent and fortunately set off with brisk citrusy acidity. Calling all lobsters and don't... #42 on Top 100 of 2010; Massive opulent oozing in pineapple créme brulée honey buttered toast and cinnamon spice flavors. Totally decadent and fortunately set off with brisk citrusy acidity. Calling all lobsters and don't forget the drawn butter. Sheer hedonism in a glass at a fantastic price. S.H.
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2010
The 2008 Chardonnay Estate has much more orange blossom and tropical fruit with a hint of honeyed citrus more color and a slightly more caramelized style to it but with less minerality than the Verna's. Again the purity... The 2008 Chardonnay Estate has much more orange blossom and tropical fruit with a hint of honeyed citrus more color and a slightly more caramelized style to it but with less minerality than the Verna's. Again the purity and precision are impressive and although there is a touch of spice there is virtually no evidence of any oak.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2009
Bright yellow. Nervier and more aromatically incisive than the Verna's showing tightly focused lemon lime and green apple scents and notes of white pepper and mace. Spicy and precise on the palate which offers... Bright yellow. Nervier and more aromatically incisive than the Verna's showing tightly focused lemon lime and green apple scents and notes of white pepper and mace. Spicy and precise on the palate which offers concentrated orchard fruit flavors and good mineral bite. The lime and spice notes repeat on the long juicy energetic finish. This wine was also raised in neutral oak according to winemaker Greg Brewer. -Josh Raynolds
JJB 93
JJ Buckley, November 2010
A brilliant pale golden hue pushes all the way to the edge of the rim. displays. The nose is very reminiscent of premier cru Chablis and might be mistaken for one if tasted blind with notes of meyer lemon sea shell and a... A brilliant pale golden hue pushes all the way to the edge of the rim. displays. The nose is very reminiscent of premier cru Chablis and might be mistaken for one if tasted blind with notes of meyer lemon sea shell and a touch of orange marmalade. Very well balanced the palate is loaded with flavor as the bright acidity nicely frames the citrus and mineral notes. The finish is long and clean on this classy chardonnay. Well done!
Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Vintage 2008

Label

This wine is 100% from Melville’s Sta. Rita Hills estate and is a combination of clones 4, 76, and 95, along with Mount Eden, Hanzell, Hudson, Wente and Melville selections. The estate’s chardonnay is planted predominantly on the west side of their estate where they have several different types of sandy soil.

Because the west side receives the brunt of brutal, ocean winds and has only poor soils, Melville feels their chardonnay always captures the vibrancy, minerality, and concentrated flavors that are hallmarks of their appellation. Fruit 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 (10 to 20 years old), with zero malolactic conversion. Sur lie aging takes place without any lees disturbance.

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.