The zippy 2015 Melville, Chardonnay, Clone 76 – Inox
A few of the Californian Chardonnays that I drink on a frequent basis were raised entirely in stainless steel. I find these wines can provide both the texture and weight that I enjoy. The 2015 Melville, Chardonnay, Clone 76 – Inox, Santa Rita Hills is another excellent example of this type of wine. The fruit is sourced from a 1.8 acre block of vines located on very sandy soils. The Melville wines were originally made by Greg Brewer but after his departure last year the wines are made by Chad Melville. This particular wine is charming once it warms up a bit. It is zippy with weight, picking up more fruit as it progresses. I preferred the wine on the first night rather than the second but do not be fooled, this wine will develop over the next few years. It is available at MacArthur Beverages.
2015 Melville, Chardonnay, Clone 76 – Inox, Santa Rita Hills – $35
This wine is 100% Chardonnay that was fermented for three months then aged on the lees in stainless steel tanks for 5 months. Alcohol 14%. With a rounded start, this grippy and zippy wine has nice weight to the mouth filling flavors. The flavors move through the finish where it picks up some berry fruit, fat, and nuts. ***(*) Now – 2021.