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2016 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

SKU #1442723 93 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2018)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark 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. (TG) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The larger production 2016 Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills offers a more tropical, upfront, perfumed style compared to the Clone 76 Inox release. White peach, pineapple, citrus, and floral notes, medium-bodied richness, solid acidity, and a crisp, clean finish all make for a delicious, high quality Chardonnay that has loads to love. Inner quote mark (10/2018)

K&L Notes

No discussion of the Sta. Rita Hills is complete without the mention of Melville. They’ve been an anchor and a leader in driving the quality in this area. Also, they represent one of the best values in California winemaking. While determined to create world-class wine, they also strongly believe in offering it at a fair price. In a quote once heard attributed to founder, Ron Melville, “I’d rather make a quick nickle than a slow dime.” There’s clean, bright fruit here—apple and pear—with crisp, bright acidity to keep the wine refreshing.


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