Estate Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills 2011

Winemaker's Notes:

"This wine is 100% from our Sta. Rita Hills estate and is a combination of clones 4, 76, and 95, along with Mount Eden, Hanzell, Hudson, Wente, and Melville selections. Our chardonnay is planted predominantly on the west side of our estate where we have several different types of sandy soils. Because the west side receives the brunt of brutal ocean-winds and has only poor soils, we feel our chardonnay always captures the vibrancy, minerality, and concentrated flavors that are hallmarks of our appellation. Fruit was harvested by hand then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in neutral barrels (5 to 20 year old French oak), with no SO2, zero malolactic, and subsequent sur lie aging without any lees disturbance. Yields were 3.1 lbs/vine (2.8 tons/acre). Tasting Notes: With a pale gold hue, this wine boasts bright aromatics of kaffir lime, honeydew melon, fresh arugula and dried stone fruits. Rich and concentrated on the palate, alluring impressions of lemon cream, agave nectar, tangerine leaf and baked green apple are immediately noticeable while notes of rock salt, seashell and gingerbread float in the background. The mouthfeel is polished and satiating with a full bodied, lengthy finish. " -Winery

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Winery: Melville Winery
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Melville Winery:
Welcome to Melville Vineyards and Winery! Come by our tasting room and sample our current Estate Line and Small Lot Collection releases. Our Mediterranean-style Winery is located in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation in Lompoc, California, in Western Santa Ynez Valley. For group tours, please call for a reservation. We look forward to meeting you!
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External Reviews for Estate Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
02/14/2013

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 ... Stephen Tanzers IWC. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2011 Melville Chardonnay Estate Santa Rita Hills 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

The 2011 Chardonnay Estate is atypically rich mostly because of a spring frost that took with it 50% of expected yields. The aromas and flavors remain bright and nicely articulated in the style of the year but the 2011 has an extra level of mid-palate pliancy depth and expressiveness that is highly appealing. Antonio Galloni.



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"This wine is 100% from our Sta. Rita Hills estate and is a combination of clones 4, 76, and 95, along with Mount Eden, Hanzell, Hudson, Wente, and Melville selections. Our chardonnay is planted predominantly on the west side of our estate where we have several different types of sandy soils. Because the west side receives the brunt of brutal ocean-winds and has only poor soils, we feel our chardonnay always captures the vibrancy, minerality, and concentrated flavors that are hallmarks of our appellation. Fruit was harvested by hand then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in neutral barrels (5 to 20 year old French oak), with no SO2, zero malolactic, and subsequent sur lie aging without any lees disturbance. Yields were 3.1 lbs/vine (2.8 tons/acre). Tasting Notes: With a pale gold hue, this wine boasts bright aromatics of kaffir lime, honeydew melon, fresh arugula and dried stone fruits. Rich and concentrated on the palate, alluring impressions of lemon cream, agave nectar, tangerine leaf and baked green apple are immediately noticeable while notes of rock salt, seashell and gingerbread float in the background. The mouthfeel is polished and satiating with a full bodied, lengthy finish. " -Winery

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