2009 Melville Chardonnay Estate Santa Rita Hills
Chardonnay - 750ML

  • JS 93
  • WE 92
  • IWC 91
  • WA 90

$21.94

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JS 93
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, January 2012
Minerals and dried apples and hints of lemons and flowers. Full-bodied with lemon rind and mineral and a savory aftertaste.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, February 2011
This rich creamy Chardonnay has fine acidity while a touch of neutral oak adds a background of buttered toast. But the fruit stars brimming with papayas mangos Meyer lemons limes and pineapples. The finish is filled with... This rich creamy Chardonnay has fine acidity while a touch of neutral oak adds a background of buttered toast. But the fruit stars brimming with papayas mangos Meyer lemons limes and pineapples. The finish is filled with honey and yet is brisk and dry. - S.H.
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2010
Vivid gold. A pungent complex bouquet of orange zest pear anise and jasmine with a strong spicy quality that expands with aeration. Sappy palate-staining citrus and floral qualities are complemented by notes of succulent... Vivid gold. A pungent complex bouquet of orange zest pear anise and jasmine with a strong spicy quality that expands with aeration. Sappy palate-staining citrus and floral qualities are complemented by notes of succulent herbs and mango with a bitter lime bite on the back half. Quite complex now but there's very good spine too. The finish is firm focused and very long. -Josh Raynolds
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2011
The 2009 Chardonnay emerges from the glass with apricots flowers and sweet honey. It shows gorgeous roundness all the way through to the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018. -AG
JJB 92
Alex Shaw - JJ Buckley, May 2011
A beautiful golden straw color in the glass. A vibrant display of minerality on the nose makes way for notes of honeysuckle green apple and a touch of toast. There is a real depth of flavor on the palate-toasty and... A beautiful golden straw color in the glass. A vibrant display of minerality on the nose makes way for notes of honeysuckle green apple and a touch of toast. There is a real depth of flavor on the palate-toasty and round but with vibrant acidity that keeps it bright and fresh. Excellent length and a real sense of overall elegance. As is always the case with the Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay this drinks well above its price point. Consistently one of the best chardonnay values from California.
Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2009

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.