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Melville Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Estate 2010

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"Rich and ripe in berry jam and spice flavors, this Pinot is enjoyable now for its silky texture and bright acidity. At the same time, it should develop bottle notes over the next six years...91" WE 05/12 "Tight and fresh, with vivid wild berry and raspberry that's pure and spicy, with a stemmy edge, yet it works well, as the fruit density and tannins fold together in a pleasing way...92" WS 09/12 "Melville's 2010 Pinot Noir Estate presents an intriguing fabric of sweet candied cherries, rose petals, mint and sweet herbs. This is an especially juicy, yet medium-bodied Pinot built on finesse and elegance. The 2010 is simply gorgeous. Greg Brewer used approximately 33% whole clusters here...91" WA 8/12 "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 flavors that possess a beguilingly silky mouth feel. While there is a touch of warmth on the finish, the overall impression is one of a well-balanced effort that is sufficiently firm to suggest 6 to 8 years of upside development potential. Good value and worth a look....90" BH 10/12 "Bright red. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of raspberry, cherry and licorice, with a floral quality building with air. Dense and chewy in texture, showing sappy red and dark berry flavors and complicating notes of bitter chocolate and gunpowder tea. Silky tannins give gentle grip to the long, sweet, expansive finish. This wine will benefit greatly from decanting...91" IWC 11/12

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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!

"Rich and ripe in berry jam and spice flavors, this Pinot is enjoyable now for its silky texture and bright acidity. At the same time, it should develop bottle notes over the next six years...91" WE 05/12 "Tight and fresh, with vivid wild berry and raspberry that's pure and spicy, with a stemmy edge, yet it works well, as the fruit density and tannins fold together in a pleasing way...92" WS 09/12 "Melville's 2010 Pinot Noir Estate presents an intriguing fabric of sweet candied cherries, rose petals, mint and sweet herbs. This is an especially juicy, yet medium-bodied Pinot built on finesse and elegance. The 2010 is simply gorgeous. Greg Brewer used approximately 33% whole clusters here...91" WA 8/12 "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 flavors that possess a beguilingly silky mouth feel. While there is a touch of warmth on the finish, the overall impression is one of a well-balanced effort that is sufficiently firm to suggest 6 to 8 years of upside development potential. Good value and worth a look....90" BH 10/12 "Bright red. Smoke- and spice-accented aromas of raspberry, cherry and licorice, with a floral quality building with air. Dense and chewy in texture, showing sappy red and dark berry flavors and complicating notes of bitter chocolate and gunpowder tea. Silky tannins give gentle grip to the long, sweet, expansive finish. This wine will benefit greatly from decanting...91" IWC 11/12

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