Melville Estate Chardonnay 2011
|Appellation||Sta. Rita Hills|
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.
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.
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