Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wine Club Feature: 2006 Melanson Chardonnay, Napa Valley

A little background:
Greg Melanson started his winery in 1988. It rests above Napa Valley on Pritchard Hill, and is located near Colgin, Chappellet and Bryant Family. The 42-acre property has 10.5-acres planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chardonnay.

Great California Chardonnay that has all the classic notes, but also possesses notes reminiscent of Meursault and other Burgundy aspects. It’s beautiful from the outset with delightful aspects like vanilla bean, gala apple, white flowers and enchanting minerality. From there the wine shows lemon peel, caramel, wet stone and cashews.

When sipping this wine I am drawn to the approachability of the verve that pulsates throughout. The body has the right amount of weight and body without being called flabby or excessive. I continue remarking on the remarkably pleasant nature of the wine that will make anybody appreciate California Chardonnay again.

It continues to be a pleasant and enjoyable wine experience once it starts mingling with the palate. Initial efforts show a range of green apple, crème brulee sugar, baking spice and vanilla. Complimentary notes like peach, pear, butter and pineapple emerge as you continue enjoying the wine.

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This is the type of white wine that I really enjoy on the warmest days of summer. We opened this on July 4th and played horseshoes while waiting for the fireworks to start later. The wine didn’t last very long to say the least, but for the lucky few who were able to get a taste it was an impressive wine to behold.

-Mark West, Sommelier/Club Coordinator

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