2017 "Inox" Chardonnay
Estate Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, CA
What we love
This wine radiates with exotic and vibrant aromatics of stone fruits, fresh coconut and lemon verbena. With time, crisp notes of sea spray, kiwi and honeydew melon emerge along with inviting floral components of gardenia flower, lime blossom and honeysuckle. On the palate, the wine dances across the tongue with flavors of Asian pear, white melon and lemon juice, finishing with a hint of intriguing ash.
About this Wine
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. Cheers!
- 93 points, Antonio Galloni
- 93 points, Wine Enthusiast
- Technical Data:
- 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.
- Drink now through 2021
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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