2017 Melville Chardonnay Estate Santa Rita Hills
Chardonnay - 750ML
2017 Melville Chardonnay Estate Santa Rita Hills
  • VN 93
  • WE 93
  • JD 92
  • WA 91

Reg: $34.94

$30.94

In Stock: 8 btls
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Reg: $34.94

$30.94

In Stock: 8 btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 0 btls
ETA: Pending

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VN 93
Vinous, August 2020
The 2017 Chardonnay Estate is fascinating to taste next to the 2018. It is a bit less exotic and more citrus driven in profile, with notable persistence and fine overall balance. Lemon confit, baked apple and a kiss of...   The 2017 Chardonnay Estate is fascinating to taste next to the 2018. It is a bit less exotic and more citrus driven in profile, with notable persistence and fine overall balance. Lemon confit, baked apple and a kiss of new French oak meld together effortlessly. A hint of reduction add character without overpowering the wine. -- Antonio Galloni  
WE 93
Wine Enthusiast, September 2020
A heady mix of light wood, tart frozen yogurt, honeysuckle and orange rind hit the nose on this bottling. The lactic element pops on the fresh palate as well, where a steely, clean line of yuzu zest cuts through the crème...   A heady mix of light wood, tart frozen yogurt, honeysuckle and orange rind hit the nose on this bottling. The lactic element pops on the fresh palate as well, where a steely, clean line of yuzu zest cuts through the crème fraiche. MATT KETTMANN  
JD 92
jebdunnuck.com, October 2019
A terrific value, the 2017 Chardonnay Estate Sta. Rita Hills offers classic Sta. Rita Hills notes of spice citrus, salted orchard fruits, honeysuckle, and crushed rock-like minerality. Beautifully textured, medium-bodied...   A terrific value, the 2017 Chardonnay Estate Sta. Rita Hills offers classic Sta. Rita Hills notes of spice citrus, salted orchard fruits, honeysuckle, and crushed rock-like minerality. Beautifully textured, medium-bodied, with high yet integrated acidity, it can be drunk today or cellared for upwards of a decade.  
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 2020
The 2017 Chardonnay Estate opens with notes of gunflint over perfumed white peaches and crushed hazelnuts. The medium-bodied palate is rounded, silky and bright with saline accents and a long finish. Give it another year...   The 2017 Chardonnay Estate opens with notes of gunflint over perfumed white peaches and crushed hazelnuts. The medium-bodied palate is rounded, silky and bright with saline accents and a long finish. Give it another year or two in bottle. 1,040 cases produced.- EB  
Category Description
Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Vintage 2017
Size 750ML
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.