Melville Winery

Country of Origin: USA
Location: Sta. Rita Hills, Central Coast
People: Ron & Chad Melville, Owners | Chad Melville, Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


Melville Winery 2016 'Clone 76 Inox' Estate Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills Login In Stock
Melville Winery 2014 Estate Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills Login WA 87 AG 92 In Stock
Melville Winery 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Block M, Sta. Rita Hills Login WA 91+? AG 93 In Stock
Melville Winery 2015 Estate Pinot Noir, Block M, Sta. Rita Hills Login In Stock
Melville Winery 2015 Estate Pinot Noir, Sandy's Block, Sta. Rita Hills Login In Stock
Melville Winery 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills Login AG 91 In Stock
Melville Winery 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Terraces, Sta. Rita Hills Login WA 95 AG 92 In Stock
Melville Winery 2013 Pinot Noir, Verna's, Santa Barbara Login AG 91 WA 91 <1 Case
Melville Winery 2015 Estate Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills Login In Stock

Media Links
The New York Times: Exploring California's Bold Pinot Noir
Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews: Santa Barbara Wine Country: Melville Vineyards & Winery

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Situated amongst the beautiful rolling hills of Western Santa Ynez Valley, Melville is dedicated to producing exceptional cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah grown exclusively in their estate vineyards throughout the Sta. Rita Hills appellation.

Founded in 1989, Melville is a family-owned and operated estate winery with its roots in Sonoma County's Knights Valley, where Ron Melville once farmed high-quality and greatly sought-after grapes. In 1996, Ron's desire to grow cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah brought Melville Vineyards to the Sta. Rita Hills, located in the Western Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County. When Ron Melville and his sons decided to develop the estate vineyards and winery in Lompoc, they recognized the importance of distinguishing this unique area within the valley. As such, the Melville family was heavily involved in the creation of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, which was granted in 2001. Today, Ron and his son, Chad Melville, uphold Melville’s tradition as one of the most highly-regarded estates in Sta. Rita Hills and California as a whole.

The estate’s climate is significantly impacted by its proximity to the ocean (10 miles), consistent morning/evening fog, and steady afternoon winds. These cooling trends are not only perfectly suited to growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah, but also serve to prolong the growing season, allowing for heightened varietal flavor intensity. Additionally, the region’s cool climate and calcareous rock and sand help produce grapes with natural acidity and flavor balance.

Melville currently has 120 acres under vine. The soil is mostly Lompoc dune sand, interspersed with clay loam and shallow hard pans of Monterey shale. These vineyards are predominantly north/south-facing, planted at a spacing of 8’ x 3’ (1,812 vines per acre). Vines are all vertically shoot positioned with aggressive canopy management to ensure proper ripening and varietal development. Melville's strength as grape growers consists of careful selection of vineyard properties, isolation and study of vineyard blocks, calculated composting, complex cover cropping practice and deficit irrigation, matched with a tremendous amount of crop reduction and canopy management. The estate achieves quality through the integrity of its farming practice and its respect to the microclimate. At the time of harvest, they consider the wine to already be made and in the winery strive to not interfere with the wine’s natural path. All blocks are fermented in small lots and isolated through their entire period of elevage, which provides Melville’s team with an ongoing exhibition of how they can fine tune vineyard practices in order to achieve the most transparent, natural and site-specific wines possible. The estate has 16 clones of Pinot Noir, 9 clones of Syrah, and 6 clones of Chardonnay - all on a variety of low-vigor rootstocks.

The Wine Advocate 8/2014
"Hold onto your hats, as these latest releases from Chad Melville and winemaker Greg Brewer are off-the-charts good! While both of the Chardonnays are beautiful, and play in the clean, crisp and medium-bodied spectrum, it’s the 2012 Pinot Noirs and Syrahs that are incredible across the board. The Pinot Noirs all see varying degrees of whole cluster and are aged completely in neutral French oak barrels. The Syrahs see slightly less whole cluster inclusion, but are also aged all in neutral French oak. In case you missed the prices/scores listed above, these are some of the greatest values in the world of wine today!"

The Wine Advocate 8/2013
"Winemaker Greg Brewer and grower Chad Melville continue to knock it out of the park with these Melville releases. Focusing on site, if not plot, specific releases, neutral oak, no SO2 until racking and varying degrees of whole cluster are the norm here. The wines have individual characters and, stylistically, lean toward the more complex, finesse-driven side of the spectrum. They 'wow' more for their balance and nuance than their power and richness. They also remain reasonably priced!"



  • Melville 2013 Pinot Noir, Verna's, Santa Barbara
    Rating: 91 (12/1/2014)

    Vivid ruby-red. Red fruit preserves on the nose, with complicating notes of licorice and allspice. Lively raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show very good precision, complemented by a bright mineral quality that gains strength with air. This silky, energetic pinot finishes with strong cut, persistent sweetness and sneaky, interwoven tannins.
  • Melville 2013 Pinot Noir, Verna's, Santa Barbara
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (8/1/2015)

    Coming from the estate Verna's Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills and 60% destemmed, the 2013 Pinot Noir Estate Verna's Vineyard was fermented in 1.5 ton open-top stainless-steel fermenters before aging 11 months all in neutral oak. It offers pretty and complex notes of strawberries, raspberry, crushed flowers and damp underbrush on the nose. Medium-bodied, elegant and nicely fruited, it has solid precision and focus. In short, this is a terrific Pinot Noir that has lots of character and will drink nicely for 4-5 years.
  • Melville 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Terraces, Sta. Rita Hills
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (7/14/2016)

    The silky and finesse-oriented 2014 Pinot Noir Terraces (60% destemmed and aged 14 months in neutral oak) offers tons of dried flowers, spice, red currants and sweet cherry fruit in a medium-bodied, nicely textured and polished style. Like the Indigene, it has no shortage of building tannin, but is impeccably balanced. This is a beautiful wine that will be better in another year and will have a decade of longevity.
  • Melville 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Block M, Sta. Rita Hills
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91+? (7/13/2016)

    Red currants, dried rose petals, cured meats and savory herbs all emerge from the 2014 Pinot Noir Block M, which is medium-bodied, elegant and supple on the palate, yet has a solid kick of savory tannin that gives me pause. There's lots of tannin here, and it needs 2-3 years of cellaring to come together.
  • Melville 2014 Estate Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (7/14/2016)

    I found the 2014 Chardonnay Estate (aged eight months in neutral oak) surprisingly simple and forward, with medium-bodied notes of stone fruits, dried herbs and buttered apples. It should be enjoyed over the coming couple of years.
  • Melville 2014 Estate Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
    Rating: 92 (9/1/2016)

    The 2014 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills) is rich and powerful in the glass, yet also shows good energy and overall translucence, especially for such an ample, broad-shouldered wine. Orange blossom, mint, spice and butter are front and center. With time in the glass, more tropically-leaning notes begin to develop. This, too, is, very nicely done.
  • Melville 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Terraces, Sta. Rita Hills
    Rating: 92 (9/1/2016)

    Crushed rose petals, mint, sweet red berries, cranberries, blood orange and chalk are some of the signatures in the 2014 Pinot Noir Terraces. Focused and tense in style, the 2014 offers striking depth in an understated, mid-weight expression of Pinot Noir. This is a decidedly taut Sta. Rita Hills Pinot that could use another year or two in bottle. The Terraces was done with 50% whole clusters.
  • Melville 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Block M, Sta. Rita Hills
    Rating: 93 (9/1/2016)

    The 2014 Pinot Noir Block M is the most structured and tightly wound of these wines. Dark red and purplish stone fruits, cherry pit and white pepper give the 2014 much of its high-toned personality. The 2014 offers lovely density and yet the whole clusters give the wine a sense of weightlessness that is hugely appealing. The 80% whole clusters are mostly felt in the wine's structure, but less in its flavor profile.
  • Melville 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
    Rating: 91 (9/1/2016)

    The 2014 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) is absolutely delicious. Crushed rose petals and bright red stone fruits abound. Sweet, perfumed and light on its feet, the 2014 retains gorgeous acidity to balance the richness of the fruit. This is an absolutely joyous Pinot from Melville with tons of Sta. Rita Hills flamboyance. The 2014 is a blend of sixteen different Pinot clones done with 40% whole clusters and aged in neutral oak. Picks ranged from mid August to late September. This is a very nice appellation-level Pinot.