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2009 Melville Vineyards and Winery Chardonnay Estate Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - November/December 2010

($26) Vivid gold. A pungent, complex bouquet of orange zest, pear, anise and jasmine, with a strong spicy quality that expands with aeration. Sappy, palate-staining citrus and floral qualities are complemented by notes of succulent herbs and mango, with a bitter lime bite on the back half. Quite complex now but there's very good spine too. The finish is firm, focused and very long.

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by Martinelli13987747
Excellent CA Chadonay with burgandy like characterisics. For the price I have not found any better!
Right mood, right time.
by Connaghan13932085
Required little effort to enjoy this wine's offering
Delicious Chardonnay
by Bolstein14186593
Big aroma of vanilla & tropical fruit, Full bodied flavors of apple, tropical fruit and oak fills the mouth, very long finish, good balance but I prefer a bit less oak. Went great with polenta and Cajun grilled chicken. This was my first bottle.
cheryl's wedding pre-dinner
by Patterson14188457
very big compliments on the wine. lighter taste than most chardonney. great for before dinner.
by Astumian10580638
This wine had wonderful acidity and crispness. Definitely more French style than the American style to which I am accustomed and which I do not like.
Decent Chardonnay
by HED3
I am a fan of Melville but this Chardonnay isn't quite up to the 4 or 5 stars I usually give to their Pinot bottlings. Not a bad wine but no wow factor.
by Skillin14184406
This was not quite as dry as we'd like.


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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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