2009 Melville Pinot Noir Estate Santa Rita Hills
Pinot Noir - 750ML

  • JS 92
  • IWC 92
  • WE 92
  • WA 91

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JS 92
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, December 2011
Decadent and spice with hints of meat and berries. Full-bodied with chewy tannins and ripe fruit. Savoy and beautiful. Pretty austerity. Best in 2013.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2011
Deep bright red. 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... Deep bright red. 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. Fills out with air and shows excellent clarity on the long intensely perfumed finish.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, February 2011
Just sings in the glass. So clean crisp elegant the real deal. Cool-climate Pinot at it most succulent. Brims with raspberry cherry and tart cranberry fruit with notes of sweet sandalwood white pepper and dusty pie spices... Just sings in the glass. So clean crisp elegant the real deal. Cool-climate Pinot at it most succulent. Brims with raspberry cherry and tart cranberry fruit with notes of sweet sandalwood white pepper and dusty pie spices like cinnamon and clove. Wonderful now and for the next few years. - S.H.
WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2011
The 2009 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills makes for an excellent introduction to the wines of this appellation. It is a wonderfully fresh vibrant wine graced with exquisite finesse and class. Sweet floral notes reappear on the... The 2009 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills makes for an excellent introduction to the wines of this appellation. It is a wonderfully fresh vibrant wine graced with exquisite finesse and class. Sweet floral notes reappear on the finish adding lift and subtlety. This is classy juice. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017. Melville is one of the better known properties in Santa Barbara. The estate makes a wide range of wines under the direction of oenologist Greg Brewer and also sells fruit to a number of other producers. The 2009 Pinot Noirs in particular are standouts. Brewer vinified the Pinots with one-third whole clusters. The 2010 Chardonnays had only recently been bottled and needed quite a bit of air to blow off some of their reductive qualities.-AG
JJB 95
Andrew Frieden - JJ Buckley, November 2010
A definitive purple core shows good extraction. Aromas of cherry blossom and fresh red raspberry are accompanied by loamy soil. Tempered by excellent acidity the palate displays ripe cherry and black raspberry on this... A definitive purple core shows good extraction. Aromas of cherry blossom and fresh red raspberry are accompanied by loamy soil. Tempered by excellent acidity the palate displays ripe cherry and black raspberry on this medium bodied and exquisitely balanced wine. The wine's elegance is driven by precise tannins which carry the fruit smoothly into a long delightful finish. This delicious cool-climate wine should show well for at least a decade!
Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2009

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.