Melville Winery 2016 'Clone 76 Inox' Estate Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills

Melville Winery 2016 'Clone 76 Inox' Estate Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills

Item Number: 10416

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Santa Barbara
Appellation/AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sand
Case Production: 292

The inspiration for Clone 76 Inox was 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 planted on extremely sandy soils on the west side of Melville's vineyards. Inox, a French term for stainless steel, continues to prove a suitable title for this wine, whose purity and precision dictate such a designation.

Winemaking Notes: 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 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. Yields were 1.5 lbs per vine (1.3 tons/acre).

Tasting Notes: Pale gold in color, with vivid and pure aromatics of honeydew melon, lime zest and lemongrass jumping from the glass. On the palate, hints of rock salt, citrus blossom, honey and white peach mingle with delicate floral notes of jasmine and gardenia. Texturally, the wine is luxurious and plush, with an intriguing waxy component that lends weight to a generous streak of vibrant acidity supporting the wine’s elegant and satiating finish.


  • Vinous
    Rating: 91 (9/28/2017)

    Melville's 2016 Chardonnay Estate Clone 76 Inox is redolent of white flowers, lemon peel and almond. Bright and focused, but displaying lovely creaminess, the 2016 has much to recommend it. This is a terrific showing.
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 90 (8/2/2017)

    Brought up in stainless steel, the 2016 Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox sports a light gold color as well crisp, clean notes of citrus blossom, lots of salty minerality, and white flower notes. Medium-bodied, fresh and crisp on the palate, it has terrific acidity and is an outstanding Chardonnay.