"The 2013 Chardonnay Estate Verna's Vineyard is another outstanding release of this cuvee that represents a terrific value. Giving up classic apple tart, melon, spice and a touch of honey, it's medium to full-bodied, rounded and nicely textured, with lots to like. Barrel fermented and aged six months in neutral oak, drink it over the coming 2-3 years." –Aug 2015
"The last vintage that the Melvilles are pulling from this Los Alamos Valley vineyard, this wine shows a complex nose of lemon candy, dill and fresh oregano. There is plenty of tension and grip on the palate, thanks to the lime-pith flavors, but a show of white flowers like tuberose keeps it properly ripe." –Dec 2015
This wine is 100% from the Los Alamos estate. Like their Sta. Rita Hills vineyard, Verna’s Vineyard also endures very windy conditions and is planted on extremely sandy and porous soils. The main difference between the two ranches is that Verna’s has slightly younger vines and the average daily temperatures are 3 to 7 degrees warmer or colder. They believe these slight differences impact the resulting wines by making them more tender and approachable, while maintaining bright acidity that is so indicative of the region.
Fruit is harvested by hand, whole cluster pressed, cold settled overnight and transferred by gravity to barrel for fermentation in neutral (5 to 20 year old) French oak barrels, and subsequent sur lie aging without any lees disturbance).