Bright, clean, flinty-briney, with mineral, lime and tropical fruit aromatics, this wine is all about freshness, bracing and balanced acidity and flavors that are linear, including ginger, white pepper,
stone fruit, apple pie and slate. The palate weight is impressive for an unoaked Chardonnay, the finish prolonged, and the purity leaving the sense it will age impeccably. This may be the best INOX Chehalem has made.
"A Chehalem 2011 Chardonnay Inox – as its name implies, raised entirely in tank, whence I tasted it – is sourced largely from Stoller Vineyard with a bit from Corral Creek. Honeysuckle, clover, and fresh Golden Delicious apple on the nose go on to inform a polished, juicy palate that has clearly benefitted from lees contact. A lick of salt helps add invigoration and salivary stimulation to a relatively simple but simply delicious Chardonnay...
The Wine Advocate
"Surprisingly soft, with an easy-drinking roundness to the midpalate, this is a bit of a butter cookie Chardonnay despite the INOX (stainless steel) moniker. The pretty fruit is the highlight."