2010 Melville Viognier Vernas
Viognier - 750ML
  • IWC 91

Reg: $27.94

$15.94

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Reg: $27.94

$15.94

This product is
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IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, October 2011
Greenish yellow. Aromas of white peach and pear nectar with lively spice and floral notes adding complexity. Nervy focused orchard fruit and honeysuckle flavors pick up sappiness with air and show very good spicy lift. ... Greenish yellow. Aromas of white peach and pear nectar with lively spice and floral notes adding complexity. Nervy focused orchard fruit and honeysuckle flavors pick up sappiness with air and show very good spicy lift. Clean and brisk on the finish with the floral and spice notes repeating. Textbook viognier and a very good value for the variety.
JJB 91
Chris Greene - JJ Buckley, September 2012
Bright gold hue and significant green tones. The aromatics are intense providing ample amounts of Geranium blossom on top of waves of lychee and a background of pine forest within a framework of briny minerality. The... Bright gold hue and significant green tones. The aromatics are intense providing ample amounts of Geranium blossom on top of waves of lychee and a background of pine forest within a framework of briny minerality. The complexity of the minerality continues on the palate followed by unctuous sweet tropical fruit and floral notes. The full body really coats the mouth and provides a lengthy finish of seashell which moderates the sweetness. This needs food and is a strong contender for your holiday meals of roast turkey stuffing sweet potato casserole and cranberry sauce.
Color & Type White
Varietal Viognier
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Vintage 2010

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.