2009 Melville Chardonnay Estate Verna's
Chardonnay - 750ML
  • WA 92
  • IWC 90

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WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2011
The 2009 Chardonnay Verna's was fermented and aged in neutral oak with some batonnage. It presents deep rich layers of tropical fruit butterscotch and spices all of which come together nicely on a rich textured frame. The... The 2009 Chardonnay Verna's was fermented and aged in neutral oak with some batonnage. It presents deep rich layers of tropical fruit butterscotch and spices all of which come together nicely on a rich textured frame. The Verna's finishes with excellent lushness and body. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, November 2010
Bright gold. Subtle aromas of lemon melon tarragon and white flowers. Dense and supple on entry then silky but firm in the middle with reticent but complex honeydew and orange flavors and a hint of herbs. Finishes with... Bright gold. Subtle aromas of lemon melon tarragon and white flowers. Dense and supple on entry then silky but firm in the middle with reticent but complex honeydew and orange flavors and a hint of herbs. Finishes with very good length and a hint of spice. - Josh Raynolds
JJB 91
JJ Buckley, May 2011
A pale golden color. An exuberant nose offers yellow peach pear and marzipan with an underlying note of white floral. Supple and broad on the palate there is great depth of fruit. White peach and nectarine are followed... A pale golden color. An exuberant nose offers yellow peach pear and marzipan with an underlying note of white floral. Supple and broad on the palate there is great depth of fruit. White peach and nectarine are followed by spicy pear and are held tightly together by bright acids which carry through to a long finish closing with a hint of white pepper. Drink now and over the next 3-5 years.
Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
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.