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Date Printed: 4/20/2014
Melville Verna's Chardonnay 2011
Melville Verna's Chardonnay 2011
(search item no. 124317)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/20/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 92 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Pale gold in color, bright and fresh aromatics of asian pear, lemon curd, jicama and clover honey emerge initially while secondary notes of key lime, hazelnut, wet stone and himalayan pink salt drift in the background. Oily and tender on the palate initially, with a vibrant acidity maintaining the wine's focus and verve.
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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.