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2002 Melville Vineyards and Winery Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills
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81 Points | Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
87 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2005

($25; 15. 2% alcohol) High-toned aromas of citrus skin, hay and fresh herbs. Sweet, fruity and attractive, with a firm edge of acidity (only 20% of the wine went through its secondary fermentation). Juicy and flavorful, with a distinctly leesy element. A bit aggressive with alcohol on the end.

89 Points | Wine Spectator

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Chardonnay

The best Chardonnays in the world continue to arrive from the region where the grape first emerged: the chalk, clay, and limestone vineyards of Burgundy and Chablis. While the origins of the grape were disputed for many years, with some speculating that the grape came all the way from the Middle East, DNA researchers at the University of California-Davis proved in 1999 that Chardonnay actually developed...
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