2017 "Inox" Chardonnay
Estate Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills, CA
What we love
Crafted by one of the most highly-regarded estates in California, the 2017 “Inox” Chardonnay from Melville wows for its freshness and nuance. Banana, jasmine flowers, star fruit, and saline notes all punctuate this super-expressive Chardonnay. The wine's naturally high acidity and oily texture make it the perfect match for seafood or sushi. If you have access to fresh uni or oysters, even better.
About this Wine
The inspiration for this wine is born out of a pursuit to capture the essence of both the vineyard and varietal in their purest form. This specific wine originates from a 1.8-acre block of clone 76 on the west side of Melville’s estate vineyards planted on extremely sandy soils.
This Chardonnay derives all of its complexity and concentration from perfectly ripened fruit alone. No tricks here – just the perfect matching of the right Chardonnay clone (76), planted in the right vineyard site, and nurtured intensely from the vineyard to the bottle.
Drink now through 2021.
93 points, Antonio Galloni & 93 points, Wine Enthusiast.
- Technical Data
- Blend: 100% Chardonnay
- Alcohol: 12.3% | Production: 440 cases
- Winemaking: Fermented entirely in stainless steel allows Melville to produce a Chardonnay that is especially expressive.
- Did you know?: “Inox” is a French term for stainless steel. It’s a suitable title for this wine, whose purity and precision dictate such a designation.
Just because Chad is the Melville Winery owner’s son didn’t mean he could get a job at the winery when he wanted to. When Chad decided to switch gears from a finance career to work at his family’s winery and vineyards, his father Ron told him he had to get experience first. So he did. After Chad gained enough training working at another winery, he was finally allowed to work at his family’s namesake winery, where he lived in a trailer and was paid minimum wage.
This tough love taught Chad that “in life, there are no shortcuts,” a lesson he carries with him today while he tends to the family winery and vineyards. Indeed, he’s incredibly meticulous in how he grows his vines and how his wines are made, and no compromise in quality is made for the sake of ease. In fact, the Melvilles dedicate so much of their attention to their vineyard that they’d rather you call them “winegrowers” rather than “winemakers.”
That lesson eventually led Chad out of his trailer to work alongside his father in maintaining Melville’s status as one of the most highly regarded wineries and vineyards in California.
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