2008 Melville Pinot Noir Estate Verna's
Pinot Noir - 750ML
  • WA 92

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2010
The 2008 Pinot Noir Verna's (2400 cases) is another outstanding wine and even less expensive. As good as the Estate but slightly more evolved this is a seductive style of Pinot Noir with a dark ruby/purple color and a... The 2008 Pinot Noir Verna's (2400 cases) is another outstanding wine and even less expensive. As good as the Estate but slightly more evolved this is a seductive style of Pinot Noir with a dark ruby/purple color and a sweet nose of boysenberry raspberry blueberry and spring flowers. Lush heady and delicious already the wine is round expansive and ideal for drinking over the next 5-6 years.
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Alex Lallos - JJ Buckley, January 2010
Medium garnet core with a slightly lighter ruby red rim. Primary aromas of ripe strawberry rhubarb and ripe red cherries framed by a hint of oak. Light fennel aromas create a nice backdrop to the forward fruit. Lush on... Medium garnet core with a slightly lighter ruby red rim. Primary aromas of ripe strawberry rhubarb and ripe red cherries framed by a hint of oak. Light fennel aromas create a nice backdrop to the forward fruit. Lush on entry with abundant red fruits complemented by excellent acidity which keeps the wine fresh and light on its feet. Some earthy forest floor character emerges towards the finish but the wine is primarily fruit driven with a soft and supple finish. You cannot beat this for the value!
Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2008

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.