2016 Melville Estate Chardonnay Santa Rita HillsChardonnay from United States
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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 char...
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This grows on the east side of the Hills, where the fruit can capture a modicum of warmth. The wine smells of wet loam and sea air, with a walnut-skin lining. Flavors of crisp apple and lemon channel those mineral notes toward a brisk, taut finish. For plank-roasted trout. Best Buy
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The larger production 2016 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills offers a more tropical, upfront, perfumed style compared to the Clone 76 Inox release. White peach, pineapple, citrus, and floral notes, medium-bodied richness, solid acidity, and a crisp, clean finish all make for a delicious, high quality Chardonnay that has loads to love.
"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 vines were planted in 1997, 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 grown and 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 and sur lie aging without any lees disturbance. Yields were 2.4 lbs/vine (2.2 tons/acre).
Pale straw in color, with intriguing aromatics of lemon peel, crushed rocks and minerals coming through initially. On the palate, notes of fresh ginger, kumquat and dried straw mingle with impressions of saline, fresh sourdough and D’Anjou pear. The mouthfeel is vibrant, with a touch of oiliness on the mid-palate along with an energetic streak of acidity that anchors a voluptuous and polished finish." -Winery
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|Taste||apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla|
|Nose||apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla|