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Melville Estate Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox Santa Rita Hills 2012

Winemaker's Notes:

"The inspiration for Inox 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 our vineyards planted on very sandy soils. Over a several week period we hand-selected only the most golden and completely ripe clusters, emphasizing the grape’s richness and flavor while preserving its verve and minerality. Inox, a French term for stainless steel, continues to prove a suitable title for this wine, whose purity and precision dictate such a designation. Upon immediate pressing, the juice is transferred into two small stainless steel tanks with fermentation lasting three months at an average temperature of 45°F. Cold temperatures are employed to capture and enhance the fruit’s delicate nuances. The subsequent cold storage also prohibited the onset of malolactic fermentation. The wine then remained on its lees without any disturbance for five months before being bottled in late March. Yields were 3.8 lbs per vine (4.0 tons/acre). Intoxicating aromatics of honeydew melon, elderberry liqueur, muddled cucumber and pea tendril come through initially. Dominant oceanic components become more evident as the wine opens drifting towards oyster shell, uni, tide pool and salt water taffy. Floral tones of jasmine, freesia and violet also weave through. On the palate the wine is round and fleshy, with a mesmerizing and complex core leading to a silky and bright finish.

Region: USA » California » Central Coast

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  • 2012

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Winery: Melville Winery
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Melville Winery:
Welcome to Melville Vineyards and Winery! Come by our tasting room and sample our current Estate Line and Small Lot Collection releases. Our Mediterranean-style Winery is located in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation in Lompoc, California, in Western Santa Ynez Valley. For group tours, please call for a reservation. We look forward to meeting you!

"The inspiration for Inox 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 our vineyards planted on very sandy soils. Over a several week period we hand-selected only the most golden and completely ripe clusters, emphasizing the grape’s richness and flavor while preserving its verve and minerality. Inox, a French term for stainless steel, continues to prove a suitable title for this wine, whose purity and precision dictate such a designation. Upon immediate pressing, the juice is transferred into two small stainless steel tanks with fermentation lasting three months at an average temperature of 45°F. Cold temperatures are employed to capture and enhance the fruit’s delicate nuances. The subsequent cold storage also prohibited the onset of malolactic fermentation. The wine then remained on its lees without any disturbance for five months before being bottled in late March. Yields were 3.8 lbs per vine (4.0 tons/acre). Intoxicating aromatics of honeydew melon, elderberry liqueur, muddled cucumber and pea tendril come through initially. Dominant oceanic components become more evident as the wine opens drifting towards oyster shell, uni, tide pool and salt water taffy. Floral tones of jasmine, freesia and violet also weave through. On the palate the wine is round and fleshy, with a mesmerizing and complex core leading to a silky and bright finish.

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