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Review Melville 2021 Estate Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills

Melville 2021 Estate Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills

($37.99 Incl. tax)
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On the nose you get ocean breeze that gives way to crushed chalk followed by lime, pineapple & honeysuckle. The palate booms w/ citrus notes. The signature Sta. Rita Hills sunshine takes stag showing off notes of pineapple and golden kiwi.

“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 varying degrees of sand. Because the west side receives the brunt of brutally cold ocean-winds and grows in our nutrient deficient, well-drained soils, we feel our chardonnay always captures the vibrancy, minerality, and concentrated flavors that are hallmarks of our appellation. Our densely planted vineyard is harvested by hand then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in neutral French oak barrels (15+ years old), with zero malolactic and sur lie aging without any lees disturbance. Yields were 3.1 lbs/vine (2.8 tons/acre.”


The Wine Country.
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