Melville Chardonnay Inox Santa Rita Hills Santa Barbara 2009
Pale gold in color with bright aromatics of grilled lime, dried stone fruit, lemon cucumber and magnolia blossom emerging from the glass. Fresh and vibrant on the palate, notes of macadamia oil, star fruit and agave nectar mingle with salty nuances of sea urchin, fleur du sel and nori leaf. The mouthfeel is rich and unctuous with a firm streak of acidity maintaining the wines’ focus and drive.
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External Reviews for Melville Chardonnay Inox Santa Rita Hills Santa Barbara
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 ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2009 Melville Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox 750ml
A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2009 Melville Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox 750ml
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. Wine Advocate, # 190, Aug 2010, Robert Parker Winery Notes: "For us, the inspiration for this wine was born out of a pursuit to capture the essence of both the vineyard and varietal in their most pure form. This stylistic direction mirrors that of some Japanese cuisine, where the utmost attention is given to the raw ingredients which must be handled with neither compromise nor flaw. Even the slightest deviation from this principle exhibits the shortcomings of the fisherman or chef, or in this case, the farmer and winemaker. Upon immediate and gentle whole-cluster pressing, the juice was transferred into one small stainless steel tank where it remained until the time of bottling without any contact with oak. The wine fermented three months at an average temperature of 45°F to capture and enhance the fruit's delicate aromatics. The subsequent cold storage also prohibited the onset of malo-lactic fermentation. The wine remained on its lees without any disturbance for five months before being filtered and bottled. Inox, French for stainless steel, continues to prove a suitable title for this wine, whose purity and precision dictate such a designation. Tasting Notes: Visually bright this wine radiates citrus and floral nuances of yuzu, honeysuckle, orchid and lime blossom. Yellow aromatics of lemon oil, verbena and kumquat mix with distinct aspects of chalk, taffy and saline. On the palate it deftly carries this complexity while remaining focused and ends with precision."
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 jasm... Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Chardonnay wine from California in USA. 2009 Melville Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox 750ml