2008 Melville Chardonnay Estate Verna's
Chardonnay - 750ML

  • IWC 91

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IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2009
Vivid gold. Exotically perfumed powerful scents of tangerine toasty lees and lemon rind. Tangy but dense with lush citrus and orchard fruit flavors and an exotic smoky quality (that smoke didn't come from new oak as this... Vivid gold. Exotically perfumed powerful scents of tangerine toasty lees and lemon rind. Tangy but dense with lush citrus and orchard fruit flavors and an exotic smoky quality (that smoke didn't come from new oak as this was raised in neutral wood). Finishes with strong citrus bite and a lingering note of dried flowers. -Josh Raynolds
JJB 90
Chris Caughman - JJ Buckley, January 2010
This gorgeous Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay shows a vivid lemon color and bursts from the glass with vibrant aromas of lemon-lime citrus orange peel flinty minerality and toasted brioche. The palate is lush with citrus... This gorgeous Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay shows a vivid lemon color and bursts from the glass with vibrant aromas of lemon-lime citrus orange peel flinty minerality and toasted brioche. The palate is lush with citrus fruit highlighted by a zesty acid backbone which carries through to a lively and lingering finish. Drink now for a spirited and youthful Chardonnay experience or lay down for a year or two and let the balance and elegance emerge.
Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2008

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.