2021 Melville Estate Sta Rita Hills Estate Chardonnay
Melville Vineyards was established in 1996 in the heart of the Santa Rita Hills and has since become one of the most highly regarded estates in California.
The highly unusual east-west (or transverse) mountain range, proximity to the cold Pacific Ocean, consistent coastal fog, and steady afternoon breezes together create ideal conditions for growing cold-climate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. Ron Melville and his sons recognized that these exceptional conditions, combined with their commitment to “winegrowing,” would result in wines of remarkable quality. Under the guidance of head winegrower, Chad Melville, Melville’s full-time vineyard crew nurtures their 120 estate acres organically.
This is a lemon meringue beauty! It has a floral nose of white melon, lime zest and fresh pineapple. There is a good amount of glycerin tapered with intense, fresh acidity. This Chardonnay reveals great tension and purity of flavors, finishing with sea salt and almond overtones.
By Joe Dimmagio