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Melville Chardonnay Estate Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay Wine 2012

External Review by JJ Buckley Fine Wines:

Pale gold. Powerful scents of tangerine pear skin and iodine with a racy streak of smoky minerals adding vivacity. Pure focused and linear on the palate offering fresh lemon orange and orchard fruit flavors and a musky floral quality. Very deep but refreshingly brisk with a penetrating note of dusty minerals on the long focused finish. Stephen Tanzers IWC.

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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!

External Reviews for Melville Chardonnay Estate Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay Wine

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/20/2014

Pale gold. Powerful scents of tangerine pear skin and iodine with a racy streak of smoky minerals adding vivacity. Pure focused and linear on the palate offering fresh lemon orange and orchard fruit flavors and a musky floral quality. Very deep but refreshingly brisk with a penetrating note of dusty minerals on the long focused finish. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

Bright yellow-gold. Pungent aromas of pear skin iodine anise and green cardamom. Shows intense orchard fruit and lemon pith on the palate with a chalky mineral quality adding lift. Closes on a chewy note with lingering notes of bitter citrus and quinine and impressive length. This is even better with an hour or so of aeration so don t hesitate to decant it. Stephen Tanzers IWC.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2010 06/20/2014

Acidity and ripe fruit mark this Chardonnay which is lovely to drink now. Don t chill it too much to allow the orange pineapple and passionfruit flavors to express their nuances. Wine Enthusiast.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2014

This wine is a stunner! A very deep golden straw color. On the nose very complex notes of granny smith apples nectarines hazelnut and crushed rocks. After taking my first sip I was inundated by the striking minerality bright acidity and the balance of the wine. There are hints of lemon peel mandarin oranges and a touch of new oak. This is a teriffic example of well made California Chardonnay. John Sweeney.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2014

( 30) Bright gold. Ripe melon and pit fruits on the nose. Brighter orange and Meyer lemon on the palate which features a fleshy texture and a slow-building note of floral honey. The citrus notes gain strength on the clean juicy impressively persistent finish. 90 points Stephen Tanzers IWC.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2014

24k Golden hue with a clear/yellow rim. Juicy and tropical on the nose with starfruit guava and citrus aromas. Some notes of cr


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2001 06/20/2014

The medium to full-bodied 2001 Chardonnay Estate appears somewhat compressed compared to the stainless steel cuvees. With aeration the muted aromatics reveal scents of honeyed citrus white flowers peaches and apples. While deep the day I tasted it it was not singing as loudly as its siblings. Drink it over the next 2-3 years. What is especially impressive about all the Melville offerings is their purity and singular personalities. Virtually everyone I talked to in Santa Barbara applauds th



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