2015 Melville "Inox-Clone 76" Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Tasted blind alongside the 2005 and 2010 vintages, this bottling, which is Chad Melville’s first for his family winery after years focused on the vineyard, carries the same persistent sizzle of acidity on the front of the sip. But it’s fresher on the nose, with pear juice, lychee and vanilla dust, and more approachable on the tropical palate, where jasmine, exotic banana, papaya, plumeria and a touch of guava shine.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The top chardonnay of the estate and one that’s aged all in stainless steel, the 2015 Chardonnay Estate Inox (aged six months in tank) offers a fabulous perfume of pears, spiced apple, citrus blossom and a touch of mint to go with a surprisingly textured and layered style on the palate. I normally prefer the straight chardonnay to this release, but in 2015, this cuvee has a terrific sense of balance and freshness paired with true texture and richness. It should keep nicely for a decade or more. (JD)
Inox is a stainless steel fermented wine that one could certainly interpret as a Chablis-like style on the California spectrum. Winemaker Greg Brewer sees that the style is fresh and firm with a savory and mineral-driven profile which has potential for development. The 2015 release has not yet been professionally reviewed, but the 2014 garnered 93 points from both Antonio Galloni and Wine Enthusiast.