Melville chardonnay staritahills

Chardonnay, Estate 2015

Melville

Pale straw in color, with intriguing aromatics of grilled lemon, honeysuckle and pear emerging up front. On the palate, notes of fresh ginger, kumquat and dried straw mingle with weightier impressions of sourdough toast, caramel and roasted marshmallow. The mouthfeel is velvety, with a touch of oiliness on the mid-palate along with an energetic streak of acidity that anchors a voluptuous and polished finish.

Country:
USA
Region:
Santa Barbara County
Appellation/ava:
Sta. Rita Hills
Vineyard designation:
Melville Estate Vineyard
Vintage:
2015
Wine type:
White
Grape:
100% Chardonnay
Size:
750 mL
Rating:
90

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Aging:
Neutral French oak barrels
Malolactic fermentation:
None
Estate:
Yes
Alcohol percentage:
14
Closure:
Cork
Case production:
2928

Reviews

  • "90 points. The 2015 Chardonnay Estate (Sta. Rita Hills) has developed a good bit of flavor complexity over the last year. Orchard fruit, yellow flowers, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes all develop in the glass. The 2015 has picked an element of reduction that was not present in the wine a year ago. That is more an observation rather than a critique, but also a reminder of the style Greg Brewer favored when he was the winemaker here. Drinking window: 2018 - 2022." (vinous)
  • "90 points. The 2015 Chardonnay Estate (Sta. Rita Hills) is supple and inviting, two qualities that make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Dried pear, herb, lemon peel and dried flowers add nuance throughout." (vinous)

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