2011 Melville Chardonnay Estate Santa Rita Hills
Chardonnay - 750ML

  • IWC 91

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IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2012
Bright yellow-gold. Musky pit fruits on the nose brightened by subtle anise and floral scents. Chewy faintly bitter orange pith peach and tarragon flavors are broad and deep but are brightened by a dusty mineral nuance... Bright yellow-gold. Musky pit fruits on the nose brightened by subtle anise and floral scents. Chewy faintly bitter orange pith peach and tarragon flavors are broad and deep but are brightened by a dusty mineral nuance. Finishes with very good breadth and a lingering note of bitter herbs.
Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2011

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.