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Melville Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Estate 2005

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production This is 100% Melville fruit from our Santa Rita Hills estate, and is a collection of 14 pinot noir clones ...

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Chelsea Wine Vault
New York, NY (220 mi)
USD 38.99
750ml
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I have tried this wine several times and it has never disappointed. A distinct wave of strawberry jam hits you on the nose. The wine possesses a v... Read more

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Melville continues to be one of my favorite wines in the Lompoc/Santa Rita Hills area. Their wine is as good as the heralded Sea Smoke not too far... Read more

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Snooth User: MAG
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4.00 5
04/10/2008

I have tried this wine several times and it has never disappointed. A distinct wave of strawberry jam hits you on the nose. The wine possesses a very pleasant mouth feel with multiple flavors of dark stone fruits (plum, cherry) and soft spice. Tannins are nicely integrated on the finish. A very well made wine.


Snooth User: jimswan
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4.50 5
08/14/2009

Fantastic.


Snooth User: adb4usc
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4.50 5
12/07/2007

Melville continues to be one of my favorite wines in the Lompoc/Santa Rita Hills area. Their wine is as good as the heralded Sea Smoke not too far away. Carrier's in my opinion is there best Pinot Noir. It has a spectatular aroma with excellent blackberry flavors.


Snooth User: johnerson
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5.00 5
11/26/2007

Melts in your mouth


External Reviews for Melville Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Estate

External Review
11/10/2007

This estate, located in the Santa Rita Hills area of California, has a cool maritime climate that is perfect for growing pinot noir. Black cherry and dark plum flavors surround notes of earth and spice, while the luscious and velvety texture fills your mouth.


External Review
10/16/2008

<h3>Sold Out! 2006 Verna&#39;s Vineyard Now Available </h3>This is 100% Melville fruit from our Santa Rita Hills estate, and is a collection of 14 pinot noir clones currently in production. Yields were 2.9 lbs. / plant, in our tightly spaced vineyard equating to 1,815 vines per acre, and were selectively hand-harvested over a six week period giving us over 100 different fermentation lots. 60% of the fruit was gently de-stemmed with 40% fermented as whole-clusters in small (1.5 ton) open-top fermenters. Total skin and stalk contact averaged 30 days (7 day cold soak, 2 + weeks of fermentation and 1 + week extended maceration.) From the press, the wine was transferred directly into barrel (20% new French oak: Sirugue, Mercurey and Rousseau), where it remained sur lie with no sulfur until the waning moon cycle of April, when it was gently pressure-racked for the first time and prepared for bottling in July. 15.4% alcohol.Tasting Notes: A richer and slightly darker color than the Verna&#39;s pinot noir, this wine exhibits more red and black fruits such as currants, cassis and plum. Spice aromatics stretch the gamut from clove and incense to sandalwood and orange-spice tea. Earthy elements of pomegranate, red beets, brine and minerals also shine through. The mouthfeel is plush and velvety with excellent presence while countered by a structural backbone of acidity giving the wine completeness and resolve .


Ratings & Tags for Melville Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Estate

126967 Snooth User: TUDOR
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11/29/2007

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11/29/2007

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Winemaker's Notes:

production This is 100% Melville fruit from our Santa Rita Hills estate, and is a collection of 14 pinot noir clones currently in production. Yields were 2.9 lbs. / plant, in our tightly spaced vineyard equating to 1,815 vines per acre, and were selectively hand-harvested over a six week period giving us over 100 different fermentation lots. 60% of the fruit was gently de-stemmed with 40% fermented as whole-clusters in small (1.5 ton) open-top fermenters. Total skin and stalk contact averaged 30 days (7 day cold soak, 2+ weeks of fermentation and 1+ week extended maceration.) From the press, the wine was transferred directly into barrel (20% new French oak: Sirugue, Mercurey and Rousseau), where it remained sur lie with no sulfur until the waning moon cycle of April, when it was gently pressure-racked for the first time and prepared for bottling in July. 15.4% alcohol. tasting notes A richer and slightly darker color than the Verna’s pinot noir, this wine exhibits more red and black fruits such as currants, cassis and plum. Spice aromatics stretch the gamut from clove and incense to sandalwood and orange-spice tea. Earthy elements of pomegranate, red beets, brine and minerals also shine through. The mouthfeel is plush and velvety with excellent presence while countered by a structural backbone of acidity giving the wine completeness and resolve.

production This is 100% Melville fruit from our Santa Rita Hills estate, and is a collection of 14 pinot noir clones currently in production. Yields were 2.9 lbs. / plant, in our tightly spaced vineyard equating to 1,815 vines per acre, and were selectively hand-harvested over a six week period giving us over 100 different fermentation lots. 60% of the fruit was gently de-stemmed with 40% fermented as whole-clusters in small (1.5 ton) open-top fermenters. Total skin and stalk contact averaged 30 days (7 day cold soak, 2+ weeks of fermentation and 1+ week extended maceration.) From the press, the wine was transferred directly into barrel (20% new French oak: Sirugue, Mercurey and Rousseau), where it remained sur lie with no sulfur until the waning moon cycle of April, when it was gently pressure-racked for the first time and prepared for bottling in July. 15.4% alcohol. tasting notes A richer and slightly darker color than the Verna’s pinot noir, this wine exhibits more red and black fruits such as currants, cassis and plum. Spice aromatics stretch the gamut from clove and incense to sandalwood and orange-spice tea. Earthy elements of pomegranate, red beets, brine and minerals also shine through. The mouthfeel is plush and velvety with excellent presence while countered by a structural backbone of acidity giving the wine completeness and resolve.

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