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Staff Pick

Melville Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay - 2015

Item # 12400 750mL
$32.96/ Single Bottle
$395.52 $355.97/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Melville is owned by father and son Ron and Chad Melville, with Greg Brewer as their winemaker. After owning several vineyards in Napa, Ron Melville came to Santa Rita and never looked back. The microclimate of the Santa Rita Hills appellation, which is characterized by cool temperatures, prominent coastal winds, and foggy mornings, is well suited to growing the grapes of Burgundy. This Chardonnay offers aromas of toast, white peaches, and grapefruit. It is refreshingly bright and carries a lengthy finish.

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Staff Pick Notes

Melville Estate is located in the western Santa Ynez Valley, just north of Santa Barbara. The estate was founded in 1989 by Ron Melville. Today his son, Chad, is the one in charge. 2014 is overall a great vintage for California -- in spite of the drought concerns, the crop was solid and the wines show good intensity. This Chardonnay shows a lot of energy with good amounts of stone fruits, acidity, and fresh citrus notes.

- MB

Astor's Glossary of Terms


California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


From Champagne to Chablis, it's hard (not to mention unpleasant) to avoid this famous white variety. During a huge popularity surge beginning in the late 1980s, Chardonnay plantings have increased dramatically -- not only in California's wine country, with which the variety is nearly synonymous, but also in Burgundy (its original, Old World home) and just about everywhere else in the winemaking...

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