"The top chardonnay of the estate and one thatâÄôs 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." â€“Aug-16
"The 2015 Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox is unusually ample, largely because of the richness of the vintage. Even with the blocked-malo style and aging in steel, the Inox is a big, ample wine. Candied lemon, almond and white flowers all meld together, but it is the wine's pure intensity that really stands out today. One of the changes Chad Melville has made is lessening the reductive character in the Clone 76. The 2015 is a delicious wine once the palate adjusts to the newer style."
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 their vineyards planted on extremely sandy soils. 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. Cold temperatures are employed to capture and enhance the fruitâ€™s delicate nuances. The subsequent cold storage also prohibits the onset of malolactic fermentation. The wine then remains on its lees without any disturbance for five months before being bottled in late March.