Introducing the exquisite 2018 Melville Chardonnay Estate Santa Rita Hills, a true gem from the renowned Santa Barbara appellation in California's Central Coast region. This white wine is a testament to the exceptional craftsmanship of Melville, a producer that consistently delves into the depths of flavor to create wines that are both captivating and elegant.
In the glass, the 2018 Melville Chardonnay Estate Santa Rita Hills showcases a medium gold hue that hints at the richness and complexity that lies within. The nose is an invitation to a world of sensory delights, with a spicy, salty bouquet that entices the senses. Crushed citrus, iodine, honeyed minerality, and white flowers dance harmoniously, creating a symphony of aromas that captivate the olfactory senses.
On the palate, this Chardonnay exhibits good richness and a medium-bodied mouthfeel that is both satisfying and refreshing. Bright acidity enlivens the senses, providing a perfect balance to the richness of the wine. Flavors of apricot, orange jam, and passionfruit take center stage, lending a decidedly exotic feel to the wine. Despite its intensity, the 2018 Melville Chardonnay remains gracious and understated, a testament to the winemaker's artistry.
Critics have showered this wine with praise, with Jeb Dunnuck awarding it an impressive 93 points. He predicts that this wine will continue to evolve and impress over the next 10-12 years. Vinous also bestowed a score of 93, noting the wine's open-knit and inviting nature. Antonio Galloni describes it as a classy and polished wine, a true testament to Melville's dedication to producing exceptional Chardonnays.
The 2018 Melville Chardonnay Estate Santa Rita Hills is a wine that truly stands out among its peers. Its soft nose of white peaches, quince, and delicate notes of baker's yeast, beeswax, and chamomile create a captivating sensory experience. The medium-bodied palate is round and silky, with a lovely dichotomy of tangy uplift and perfumed fruits. The finish is long and layered, leaving a lasting impression on the palate.
This Chardonnay from Melville continues the winery's legacy of crafting exceptional wines that defy expectations. With only 1,048 cases produced, this is a wine that connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike should not miss. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future indulgence, the 2018 Melville Chardonnay Estate Santa Rita Hills is a wine that will leave a lasting impression on all who have the pleasure of experiencing it.