Melville Estate Chardonnay 2011

$29.99
$26.99

SKU 41554

750ml

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With a pale gold hue, this wine boasts bright aromatics of kaffir lime, honeydew melon, fresh arugula and dried stone fruits. Rich and concentrated on the palate, alluring impressions of lemon cream, agave nectar, tangerine leaf and baked green apple are immediately noticeable while notes of rock salt, seashell and gingerbread float in the background. The mouthfeel is polished and satiating with a full bodied, lengthy finish.
Category White Wine
Varietal
Country California
Region Central Coast
Appellation Sta. Rita Hills
Brand Melville
Alcohol/vol 14%
  • we91

Wine EnthusiastPowerful elegance describes this Chardonnay. It's rich with buttered toast, creamy lees, and pineapple, lime and white-peach flavors along with a mineral component, like a lick of cold steel. The alcohol is nicely moderate. The winemaker avoided malolactic fermentation, giving this wine a bright, citrusy acidity. Overall, it's a joyous, dry coastal Chardonnay for drinking now.

Steve Heimoff, November 1, 2013
  • wa91

Wine AdvocateMore rich and full, with ripe pear, flowers, melon and baking spices all emerging from the glass, the 2011 Chardonnay Estate is medium-bodied and lively on the palate, with solid mid-palate flesh and depth to go with juicy, if not racy acidity on the finish. More textured and rich than the Clone 76 - Inox, yet not quite as well integrated, it will have another 3-4 years or longevity, although I see no reason to hold off. Drink now-2016.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2013

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