2012 Melville Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox
Chardonnay - 750ML

  • IWC 91
  • AG 91
  • WE 90

$45.03

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$45.03

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IWC 91
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, November 2013
Green-tinged yellow. Fresh lemon and orange zest on the nose, with hints of white flowers and chalky minerals gaining strength with air. Sappy citrus fruit and melon flavors are complemented by musky iodine and floral... Green-tinged yellow. Fresh lemon and orange zest on the nose, with hints of white flowers and chalky minerals gaining strength with air. Sappy citrus fruit and melon flavors are complemented by musky iodine and floral qualities and firmed by a bright mineral underpinning. Impressively vibrant chardonnay, with excellent finishing clarity and persistence.
AG 91
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni's Vinous, July 2013
Smoke, ash, citrus and white flowers all meld together in the 2012 Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox Estate. The style is bright, focused and polished. In 2012, the Inox Estate impresses for its gorgeous overall balance. The... Smoke, ash, citrus and white flowers all meld together in the 2012 Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox Estate. The style is bright, focused and polished. In 2012, the Inox Estate impresses for its gorgeous overall balance. The vinification and aging in steel is a nice counter to the natural exuberance of the year.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, November 2013
Inox is the winery’s unoaked Chardonnay, the first of the vintage. This bottling provides a promising glimpse into the quality of the 2012s. It’s so rich and ripe in citrus and tropical fruits, you won’t miss the barrel... Inox is the winery’s unoaked Chardonnay, the first of the vintage. This bottling provides a promising glimpse into the quality of the 2012s. It’s so rich and ripe in citrus and tropical fruits, you won’t miss the barrel influence. Try now with sushi, tuna tartare, or a salad of bitter greens, tropical fruits and feta cheese.
Color & Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2012

Label

Inox was created to capture the essence of both the vineyard and variety in their purest form. This wine originates from a 1.8 acre block of clone 76 on the west side of the estate’s vineyards, planted on extremely sandy soils. Inox, a French term for stainless steel, is a literal and descriptive title for this wine of purity and precision,.

The harvested fruit is immediately pressed and the juice transferred into two small stainless steel tanks. Fermentation lasts three months at an average temperature of 45°F. The cold temperatures are employed to capture and enhance the fruit’s delicate nuances. Subsequent cold storage also prohibits the onset of malolactic fermentation. The wine then remains on its lees without any disturbance for five months before being bottled.

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.