2007 Melville Pinot Noir Estate Santa Rita Hills
Pinot Noir - 750ML

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2009
Even better is the explosive 2007 Pinot Noir Estate which possesses abundant amounts of boysenberry black raspberry forest floor roasted herb and subtle smoke characteristics. Rich textured pure and profound this deep... Even better is the explosive 2007 Pinot Noir Estate which possesses abundant amounts of boysenberry black raspberry forest floor roasted herb and subtle smoke characteristics. Rich textured pure and profound this deep Pinot has the acidity and tannin necessary to age easily for 5-8 years.
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Alex Lallos - JJ Buckley, January 2009
This expressive Pinot Noir boasts a deep ruby red core with a fuchsia rim. Lovely Pinot aromas of light strawberry raspberry and all-spice with a slight touch of vanilla. Nice and rich upon entry with subtle and well... This expressive Pinot Noir boasts a deep ruby red core with a fuchsia rim. Lovely Pinot aromas of light strawberry raspberry and all-spice with a slight touch of vanilla. Nice and rich upon entry with subtle and well integrated tannins.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2007

Label

This is 100% Melville fruit from their Sta. Rita Hills estate, and is a collection of 16 pinot noir clones. 40% of the fruit was fermented as whole-clusters with 60% gently de-stemmed in small (1.5 ton) open-top fermenters. Total skin and stem contact averages 30 days (7 day cold soak, 2 + weeks of fermentation and 1 + week extended maceration). From the press, the wine is transferred directly into neutral barrels (10+ year old French oak), where it remains sur lie without sulfur until June, when it is gently racked for the first time and prepared for bottling in August.

Winery

Melville

In 1996, founder Ron Melville's desire to grow cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah brought him to the Sta. Rita Hills where he established his winery, situated amongst the beautiful rolling hills where the grapes are grown exclusively in their three estate vineyards.

Melville currently has 120 acres under vine. The soil is mostly Lompoc dune sand, interspersed with clay loam and shallow hard pans of Monterey shale. The estate currently has 16 clones of Pinot Noir, 9 clones of Syrah, and 6 clones of Chardonnay - all on a variety of low-vigor rootstocks. All blocks are fermented in small lots and isolated through their entire period of elevage, which provides Melville’s team with an ongoing exhibition of how they can fine tune vineyard practices in order to achieve the most unmanipulated and site-specific wines possible.

Melville “grows their flavors,” using no new oak and adding only yeast.