2016 Melville Estate Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills California USA

$31.99 USD

Winemaker Notes
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.

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.
Rated 93 Points Wine & Spirits

The 2016 Chardonnay Estate (Sta. Rita Hills) is a gorgeous wine built on freshness and cut. Expressive floral notes add shades of nuance to this super-expressive, complex Chardonnay from Melville. The 2016 is the first vintage made by Chad Melville, and it shows a preference towards a less reductive style that characterized the wines during Greg Brewer's tenure.
Rated 92 Points Vinous

The Melville family farms 49ha organically in heart of this cool-climate AVA, adopting a minimalist approach in the cellar. This entry-level Chardonnay is broad and expansive, with forward aromas of green fig, celery and grapefruit, and a fresh yet creamy palate of lemon curd, toasted almonds, warm hay and sweet oak spice.
Rated 91 Points Decanter