Chehalem Inox Chardonnay 750ML
Chehalem 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. May be the best INOX we've made.
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.
Score: 88. —Paul Gregutt, March 01, 2013.