Melville Winery Estate Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills, 2013
Ok, so here is a surprise - I picked a wine from Melville Winery...where I happened to visit and spend the night last week.
The thing about this wine though is that it is dang-gone tasty!
It sees wood, but the wood is older and is only really used to impart a slight ox quality, but this is not oxidized, it is fresh and super concentrated fruit. Because the growing season is so long in Santa Barbara County, and specifically Sta. Rita Hills, the grapes pull in so much flavor concentration which simply follows through into the wine, as Chad Melville does not really mess with it too much once harvested.
No malolactic fermentation gives this wine a beautiful delicate feel, even though you are drinking a wine with loads of length and flavor through the finish. There is also this slight waxy quality in addition to the golden apple flavors and slight nectarine aromas, which is simply different than almost anything from California.
Highly recommend this for both trade and consumers. No worries if you happen to forget a bottle in the cellar as the wine will age for just about ever! When I visited the winery we tasted the '02, '03, '05 and '07, and there were no issues with freshness. The '02 showed a slight ox quality edging in, but still quite lively.
I am adding by the glass to two of my locations as a premium pour over the next few weeks as i think this is a perfect premium pour for seafood and spring dining.
Consumer Note - this wine retails for about $26, and should be easily available from any retail shop. If not on the shelf, it can certainly be ordered.
Trade Community Note - in CT: wholesale from Worldwide Wines
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