2009 Melville Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox
Chardonnay - 750ML

  • WA 91
  • IWC 91

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WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2010
Another naked example of unoaked wine the 2009 Chardonnay Inox Clone 76 has beautiful white currant quince nectarine and apple-like fruit a light straw color expressive medium to full-bodied flavors zingy acidity. and... Another naked example of unoaked wine the 2009 Chardonnay Inox Clone 76 has beautiful white currant quince nectarine and apple-like fruit a light straw color expressive medium to full-bodied flavors zingy acidity. and superb purity. Drink it over the next several years.
IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2010
Bright yellow-gold. Orange talc and white flowers on the nose plus a hint of smoky lees. Racy focused and pure showing impressive clarity to its citrus fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes with impressive persistence and... Bright yellow-gold. Orange talc and white flowers on the nose plus a hint of smoky lees. Racy focused and pure showing impressive clarity to its citrus fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes with impressive persistence and resonating citrus and jasmine notes. -Josh Raynolds
Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2009

Winery

Melville

In 1996, founder Ron Melville's desire to grow cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah brought him to the Sta. Rita Hills where he established his winery, situated amongst the beautiful rolling hills where the grapes are grown exclusively in their three estate vineyards.

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. The estate currently has 16 clones of Pinot Noir, 9 clones of Syrah, and 6 clones of Chardonnay - all on a variety of low-vigor rootstocks. 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 unmanipulated and site-specific wines possible.

Melville “grows their flavors,” using no new oak and adding only yeast.