2005 Melville - Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox 750ml

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IWC 92   WA 92   WS 91   Collector 90
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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92

($30) Pale green-gold color. Piquant aromas of vineyard peach, curry powder and anise, with complicating notes of sea salt and tangerine; this reminded me of a non-malolactic (and non-oaked) chardonnay from Austria. Chewy and quite pure, conveying a dusty impression of extract accentuated by substantial CO2 Finishes dry, tactile and quite long, with brisk mineral and citrus nuances and little sign of the 15.3% alcohol. Fascinating wine.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 130

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

Melville produces what may be the finest virginal (meaning non-oaked) Chardonnay in California, and the 2005 Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox boasts beautiful intensity along with crisp, lively notes of white currants, peaches, and honeyed citrus. This pure, rich beauty should be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years.

Drink Dates: 2006-2008
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 166

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

Intense and tightly wound, with mineral, pebble, citrus and loamy earth flavors that are complex and even delicate on the finish, where this turns more subtle and polished, with notes of grapefruit rind.

Drink Dates: 2007-2010
Author: James Laube


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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 90
Author: Serl Z
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/08/2008
Drink Dates: 2007-2010
ckean and fruity; has a "spritz", almost like a sparkling wine. Pleasant, flawless, but not exceptionally memorable. better on 2d day after night recorked in refrigerator.

Average rating: 92, based on 4 reviews

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104 bottles owned by 38 collectors.

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About This Producer


In 1996 Melville Vineyards made the bold move from Knights Valley to the Santa Rita Hills appellation, where Ron Melville and his sons set up the estate property with a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Santa Rita microclimate, with its coastal winds and fog, provided the Melvilles the perfect locale for their 139 planted acres of Pinot, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Viognier. Winemaker Greg Brewer, of Brewer-Clifton fame, oversees production at Melville.

Wine Varietal: Chardonnay


Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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