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Estate Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills 2010

Winemaker's Notes:

Deep ruby red in color with an opulent and complex nose of black tea, persimmon, chinese five-spice, and pumpkin pie. Fresh red and blue fruit components of plum duck sauce, raspberry reduction, and bing cherry weave seamlessly on the palate along with umami-like notes of, dashi, chanterelles, nori, and miso. The mouthfeel is plush and complete yet finishes with elegance and restraint. 40% whole-cluster fermentation; 60% destemmed. Aged in neutral barrels (old French oak). Not yet reviewed; 2009 vintage rated 92 points by James Suckling and International Wine Cellar, which wrote: ...Sexy, open-knit raspberry and floral scents, complicated by subtle anise and allspice nuances. Suave, silky and bright, with energetic raspberry and cherry flavors lifted by tangy acidity. Very suave pinot with no rough edges... shows excellent clarity on the long, intensely perfumed finish.

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Melville Winery:
Welcome to Melville Vineyards and Winery! Come by our tasting room and sample our current Estate Line and Small Lot Collection releases. Our Mediterranean-style Winery is located in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation in Lompoc, California, in Western Santa Ynez Valley. For group tours, please call for a reservation. We look forward to meeting you!

External Reviews for Estate Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
01/03/2013

Dark purple at the core with a ruby rim. Sweet aromas of bing cherry and raspberry mix with notes of wildflowers, mint and a touch of cinnamon. Silky and supple, this full-bodied pinot nonetheless shows bright acidity, keeping everything vibrant str... Alex Shaw. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2010 Melville Pinot Noir Estate Santa Rita Hills 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
03/19/2013

Chad Melville noted that this was made with about 40% whole clusters. A notably floral nose also displays notes of red cherry, raspberry and subtle spice nuances. There is excellent phenolic maturity to the lush, round and generous middle weight flav... Burghound. A Pinot Noir wine from California in USA. 2010 Melville Pinot Noir Estate Santa Rita Hills 750ml


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
02/06/2013

Melville Pinot Noir from the Estate in Santa Rita Hills is especially bold and fragrant in the 2010 vintage. Lots of Raspberry Jam fruit character with pleasant spice notes and balanced acidity.



Deep ruby red in color with an opulent and complex nose of black tea, persimmon, chinese five-spice, and pumpkin pie. Fresh red and blue fruit components of plum duck sauce, raspberry reduction, and bing cherry weave seamlessly on the palate along with umami-like notes of, dashi, chanterelles, nori, and miso. The mouthfeel is plush and complete yet finishes with elegance and restraint. 40% whole-cluster fermentation; 60% destemmed. Aged in neutral barrels (old French oak). Not yet reviewed; 2009 vintage rated 92 points by James Suckling and International Wine Cellar, which wrote: ...Sexy, open-knit raspberry and floral scents, complicated by subtle anise and allspice nuances. Suave, silky and bright, with energetic raspberry and cherry flavors lifted by tangy acidity. Very suave pinot with no rough edges... shows excellent clarity on the long, intensely perfumed finish.

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