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Melville Viognier Santa Barbara County Estate 2004

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production This is 100% Melville Estate fruit from our two vineyard ranches: 20% from Santa Rita Hills and 80% Verna's Vineyards with a combination of two clones, 2/3 Alban clone and 1/3 clone 1. Yields were ridiculously low at 1.25 lbs. per plant. The fruit was gently pressed, then gravity transferred to neutral cooperage for fermentation at 45 degrees in our cold room, aged sur-lie for six months and was prevented from going through malo-lactic fermentation. The extended cold fermentation and the lack of malo-lactic were employed in order to retain the wine's liveliness and purityof expression. Bottled March 1, 2005. Alcohol 16.7%. tasting notes Opulent aromatics of stone fruits, orange peel, ruby grapefruit and white flowers yield to a mouthful of exceptional weight balanced by a verve of minerality and leanness.

Region: USA » California » Santa Barbara

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Winery: Melville Winery
Color: White
Varietal: Viognier
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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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Snooth User: Snewo
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production This is 100% Melville Estate fruit from our two vineyard ranches: 20% from Santa Rita Hills and 80% Verna's Vineyards with a combination of two clones, 2/3 Alban clone and 1/3 clone 1. Yields were ridiculously low at 1.25 lbs. per plant. The fruit was gently pressed, then gravity transferred to neutral cooperage for fermentation at 45 degrees in our cold room, aged sur-lie for six months and was prevented from going through malo-lactic fermentation. The extended cold fermentation and the lack of malo-lactic were employed in order to retain the wine's liveliness and purityof expression. Bottled March 1, 2005. Alcohol 16.7%. tasting notes Opulent aromatics of stone fruits, orange peel, ruby grapefruit and white flowers yield to a mouthful of exceptional weight balanced by a verve of minerality and leanness.

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