07 Oct Melville Estate Chardonnay Inox 2013 ($25)
This Week In White Wine Reviews: Melville Estate Chardonnay Inox 2013 ($25) – Buy Wine
“… a medium-bodied, balanced and elegant profile on the palate that keeps you coming back to the glass.” – Wine Advocate
Wine Ratings & Awards
Grape Certified Platinum Medal – 2014, 2015
Best Chardonnay Wines of the Year – 2014, 2015
Best White Wines of the Year – 2014, 2015
Best Wines Under $30 – 2014, 2015
2014 Wine Expert & Magazine Ratings
Robert Parker – 91 Points
Antonio Galloni – 90 Points
The focus and fruition of the 2013 Melville Estate Chardonnay Inox, was to produce stellar wine from the finest grapes and vineyards, and let’s just say, the concept was realized. The grapes for this wine were hand-picked, only the most golden and completely ripened clusters were selected, which in turn accentuated the grape’s richness and flavor while preserving the wine’s essence and minerality. So what does the term ‘Inox,’ mean? Well, it is a French term for stainless steel, and continues to prove a suitable title for this wine, whose purity and precision dictate a designation.
This year open a bottle or two and share with loved ones. If not this year, cellar the wine for a bit. The 2013 Melville Estate Chardonnay Inox is a wine that will continue to improve with age. Robert Parker described the wine as, “Jade green hued with vivid and pristine aromatics of pineapple sorbet, honeydew and lemon drops coming through initially. In the background, oceanic notes of oyster shell, sea urchin and rock salt mingle with floral tones of jasmine, hibiscus and lime blossom. The wine is taut upfront with a chiseled, crystalline like presence giving way to an oily mid-palate and a bright, vibrant finish.”
For those who love to pair good food with great wine, we recommend the following dishes: teriyaki chicken with bok choy, a lobster BLT, and whole roasted branzino; for our vegetarian aficionados, enjoy a creamy angel hair pasta with pesto sauce.
Wine Region: Rita Hills, Central Coast, California
Wine Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Style: Medium-bodied Rich & Smooth
Drinks Like: Saxon Brown Chardonnay Carneros Vineyard 2012 ($48), Lynmar Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2012 ($36)
Food & Wine Pairings: Lobster BLT
We hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s wine review. We’re not only confident you’ll enjoy today’s Grape Certified Platinum wine recommendation but we’re excited for you to try the Lobster BLT recipe & white wine pairing! If you enjoyed this post don’t forget to like it above and join the discussion by leaving a rating and a comment below. Thanks and we’ll see you next week for another edition of Wine Wednesday and Food & Wine Friday. Cheers!
Aroma & Flavor
Grape Certified Platinum
One of our favorite bottles of white wine, the Melville Estate Chardonnay Inox 2013 is a wine for special occasions. Think, anniversary, Mother’s Day, or any other holiday you see fit. Enjoy fresh pear, pineapple, and succulent lemon, with echoes of sea salt and enjoy a rich medium-palate textured wine with a fresh finish. Savor and spill the details of your experience after sampling a bottle of this Grape Certified Platinum Chardonnay. We’d love to hear your thoughts!