With an electric green-gold hue this wine has an elusive and fresh aromatic array of saline, limes, lemon drops, lemon-lime margarita, green apple skin, white currants and white apricots. Even more alluring are the other aspects of chalk, saltwater taffy, angel food cake, gingerbread, seashell, Italian parsley and orange-flower blossom. In the mouth, the wine is ample and fleshy yet remains very chiseled, delineated and crisp.
"The 2006 Chardonnay Estate is even better, with a fleshier texture, more honeysuckle, orange blossom, and poached pear, beautiful acidity, freshness, and length. This, too, should be drunk over the next several years.
The Melville family has one of the top vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills, and the wines are made under the supervision of Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton. It is interesting that I found the Melville Pinot Noirs far less spice-dominated, with more blue and black fruits, than those of Brewer-Clifton. That struck me as unusual because the vineyards are often close to each other geographically, and of course, the winemaking philosophy is generally the same." -Rated 92, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
" Light yellow. Fresh, energetic nose offers brisk green apple and quince scents complicated by anise and honeysuckle. Gains weight on the palate, picking up suave peach and kiwi flavors but maintaining energy and focus. Finishes chewy and quite long." -Rated 91, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar