2015 Melville Chardonnay Estate Santa Rita Hills
Chardonnay - 750ML
  • JD 92
  • AG 90

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JD 92
jebdunnuck.com, August 2017
The 2015 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills is a richer white, especially in the vintage. Orange blossom, buttered pineapple, and salted apple notes all emerge from the glass, and it's nicely textured on the palate with plenty of... The 2015 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills is a richer white, especially in the vintage. Orange blossom, buttered pineapple, and salted apple notes all emerge from the glass, and it's nicely textured on the palate with plenty of fruit and a good finish. It’s going to keep for a decade.
AG 90
Vinous, June 2017
The 2015 Chardonnay Estate (Sta. Rita Hills) is supple and inviting, two qualities that make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Dried pear, herb, lemon peel and dried flowers add nuance... The 2015 Chardonnay Estate (Sta. Rita Hills) is supple and inviting, two qualities that make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Dried pear, herb, lemon peel and dried flowers add nuance throughout.
JJB 91
JJ Buckley, February 2018
Golden straw yellow. As is to be expected of a wine from Melville, this 2015 Chardonnay has quite a personality. Spiced pear, ripe apples, brioche, fresh tarragon and orange blossoms. The palate is an affirmation of the... Golden straw yellow. As is to be expected of a wine from Melville, this 2015 Chardonnay has quite a personality. Spiced pear, ripe apples, brioche, fresh tarragon and orange blossoms. The palate is an affirmation of the nose that is cut with zippy Santa Rita Hills acidity and chalky, almost salty, minerality. This is an excellent Chardonnay that should be enjoyed now and over the next couple years.
Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Vintage 2015
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

Label

This wine is 100% from Melville’s Sta. Rita Hills estate and is a combination of clones 4, 76, and 95, along with Mount Eden, Hanzell, Hudson, Wente and Melville selections. The estate’s chardonnay is planted predominantly on the west side of their estate where they have several different types of sandy soil.

Because the west side receives the brunt of brutal, ocean winds and has only poor soils, Melville feels their chardonnay always captures the vibrancy, minerality, and concentrated flavors that are hallmarks of their appellation. Fruit is harvested by hand then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in neutral French oak barrels (10 to 20 years old), with zero malolactic conversion. Sur lie aging takes place without any lees disturbance.

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.