Melville Estate Chardonnay 2022

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Vintage: 2022
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In the mesmerizing realm of Melville’s Sta. Rita Hills estate, Winemaker Chad Melville has crafted Melville Estate Chardonnay that defies conventional definitions. The 2022 vintage, born exclusively from 25-year-old vines, embodies the spirit of this acclaimed appellation with its vibrant character and concentrated flavors.

With a sandy loam soil type on the west side of the estate, where chilly ocean winds blow relentlessly, the grapes experience a unique terroir that shapes their personality. A blend of clones 4, 76, and 95, alongside Mount Eden, Hanzell, Hudson, Wente, and Melville selections, results in a wine that captures the essence of the region’s hallmark traits.

As you pour the wine into your glass, the radiant golden hue sets the stage for a tantalizing experience. Aromas of clementines and underripe pineapple greet your senses, accompanied by a subtle whiff of the Pacific Ocean’s salty breeze, evoking a coastal charm.

On the palate, a captivating tug-of-war unfolds, perfectly balancing texture and tension. Mouthwatering notes of pineapple core and Japanese pear play harmoniously with delicate orange blossoms, creating a mesmerizing symphony of flavors. The wine’s laser-focused acidity, akin to a refreshing ocean spray, is complemented by a hint of ocean minerals, enhancing the complexity and lengthening the finish.

In true Melville fashion, this Chardonnay exhibits a sense of restraint, allowing the purity of the fruit and the unique Sta. Rita Hills terroir to shine through. Its elegance and nuance will delight the discerning wine connoisseur, proving once again that this wine transcends the boundaries of what is expected from a “California Chardonnay.”

For a delightful culinary pairing, savor this wine alongside grilled shrimp or classic fish and chips. Melville Estate Chardonnay 2022 promises a sensory journey that captivates the senses and leaves a lasting impression of Sta. Rita Hills’ unparalleled charm.

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Weight 3.50 lbs

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sour cherry

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, green apple, pear

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pepper, cinnamon, savory

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Nestled in the picturesque Sta. Rita Hills AVA of California, Melville Winery stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of family-owned and operated estates. Founded in 1989, this captivating winery has been producing exquisite Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah wines, captivating the palates of wine enthusiasts worldwide. Spread over 49 hectares (120 acres) of vineyards in Santa Barbara County, Melville boasts three neighboring sites that provide an ideal environment for cultivating a diverse range of grapes. Embracing innovation and tradition, Melville skillfully plants different clones and blocks on a variety of soil types, which offers them a wealth of options to craft their exceptional Pinot Noirs. What sets Melville apart from the crowd is their commitment to quality. Vines... Read More
Chardonnay, the noble white grape varietal, has captivated wine enthusiasts around the world with its elegance, versatility, and ability to reflect its terroir. Originating in the Burgundy region of France, Chardonnay has spread its vines across the globe, leaving its indelible mark on the wine industry. Chardonnay grapes are renowned for their unique characteristics. They possess small to medium-sized clusters with round berries that range in color from green to golden. The flavor profile of Chardonnay is remarkably diverse, offering a wide range of aromas including green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, melon, and vanilla. These flavors can vary significantly depending on the terroir, climate, and winemaking techniques employed. The winemaking process plays a crucial role in... Read More

Winemaker of Melville Estate Chardonnay 2022

Chad Melville

In 1997, alongside his father and brother, Chad Melville co-founded Melville's estate vineyards. Over the years, he has assumed the role of both winemaker and winegrower, prompting an intriguing question: which one defines him best? At Melville, the notion that wines "begin in the vineyard" holds true. Chad's wines are crafted exclusively from grapes grown at the Melville Estate, giving him and his team full control over their treatment. However, while they can't dictate nature's whims, Chad embraces a life in humble servitude to Mother Nature and their cherished piece of land that houses the vineyards and winery. Farming organically is just the beginning; sustainability encompasses a broader perspective for Chad. He understands that giving back to the earth isn't enough; it... Read More
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The wine region of Sta. Rita Hills has a rich history dating back to its establishment as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in July 2001. Originally known as Santa Rita Hills, the AVA faced a name change to Sta. Rita Hills in 2006 due to protests from Vina Santa Rita, a large Chilean wine company. Today, the AVA covers approximately 14,000 hectares (36,000 acres) of land, with vineyards predominantly planted with Pinot Noir, followed by Chardonnay, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and other grape varieties. Sta. Rita Hills benefits from a unique location at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley in California's... Read More

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