2009 Melville Viognier Vernas
Viognier - 750ML

  • WA 93
  • IWC 90

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WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2010
The full-bodied 2009 Viognier Verna's Vineyard Estate continues to showcase this vineyard's ability to produce a Viognier with minerality wonderful delineation and abundant complexity as well as freshness. Possibly the... The full-bodied 2009 Viognier Verna's Vineyard Estate continues to showcase this vineyard's ability to produce a Viognier with minerality wonderful delineation and abundant complexity as well as freshness. Possibly the finest 100% Viognier being produced in California its complex aromatics include notes of white peaches apricots honeysuckle wet rocks and assorted tropical fruits. The wine is somewhat ostentatious but at the same time reveals a sense of restraint and gracefulness. This fresh vibrant white should be drunk over the next year as the aromatics for Viognier tend to deteriorate quickly.The prices are absurdly fair for such quality.
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2010
Greenish gold. Pungent aromas of lime peach skin mint crushed stone and anise plus a suggestion of spun sugar. Juicy supple and palate-coating with a dusty tactile quality to the lush flavors of pineapple and pit fruits... Greenish gold. Pungent aromas of lime peach skin mint crushed stone and anise plus a suggestion of spun sugar. Juicy supple and palate-coating with a dusty tactile quality to the lush flavors of pineapple and pit fruits. A seductive rich but vibrant rendition of viognier that would be great with spicy Asian dishes. -Josh Raynolds
Color & Type White
Varietal Viognier
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.