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Date Printed: 8/21/2014
Melville Estate Chardonnay 2003
Melville Estate Chardonnay 2003
(search item no. 77566)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/21/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2002 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine exhibits very intense, clearly defined aromas of lemons and limes, almost lemom-meringue like, coupled with minerally components reminiscent of wet river stones, and a flintiness backed by hints of pumpkin spice and unbaked pie crust. These same flavors carry through in the mouth along with a strong grapefruit character. On the palate, the wine possesses great volume and amplitute which is reigned in and directed by the racy acidity allowing the wine to be generous, weighty and driven.
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About Melville:

In 1989, Melville Vineyards, a family owned and operated enterprise was founded in Sonoma County's Knights Valley, where Ron Melville grew high quality, much sought after Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1996, Ron's desire to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay brought Melville Vineyards to Lompoc's Sta. Rita Hills, located in the western Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California.

The Sta. Rita Hills appellation is where Ron Melville and his sons Brent and Chad Melville decided to develop their estate vineyards and winery. Since then, they have also developed an interest in Rhone varietals, particularly Northern Rhone Syrah and Viognier. The Melville estate achieves quality through the integrity of its farming practice and its respect to the microclimate. The Melvilles believe that a fine wine begins in the terroir (teh-RWAHR) or microclimate of a vineyard. Terroir is the French term for soil. In the vineyard, it encompasses soil type and geographic factors which may influence the quality of wine. This is indicative of the Melvilles' decision to grow wine in the Sta. Rita Hills (AVA) appellation.