2014 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Made in a more reductive style, this bottling conveys a tremendously intriguing sense of yogurt and Brie cheese rind on the nose, with orange rind, guava skin, green pear, tuberose and graphite notes. The palate grips with a pear skin and limezest tang, and that dairy note holds strong.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
I found the 2014 Chardonnay Estate (aged eight months in neutral oak) surprisingly simple and forward, with medium-bodied notes of stone fruits, dried herbs and buttered apples. It should be enjoyed over the coming couple of years. (JD)
Planted to sandy soils on the west side of the Melville estate, where coastal winds keep temperatures cool, this Chardonnay is suave and sophisticated. It exudes vibrancy, minerality, and intriguingly layered flavors. Winemaker's tasting notes: "Delicate brass in color, with fruit-driven aromatics of grilled pineapple, lemon zest, white peach and orange blossom springing from the glass. On the palate, notes of honey, fresh ginger and tarragon mingle with weightier impressions of sourdough bread, salted caramel and agave nectar. The wine boasts a rich and polished mouthfeel with a generous streak of acidity that anchors a chiseled and precise finish."