2014 Melville Pinot Noir Estate Santa Rita Hills
Pinot Noir - 750ML
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WE 94
Wine Enthusiast, February 2017
Light raspberry-sorbet notes meet with fresh fennel fronds, pepper and cinnamon on the nose of this bottling from Chad Melville and family. It's tight and tart on the palate, with dried cranberry, pine needle and... Light raspberry-sorbet notes meet with fresh fennel fronds, pepper and cinnamon on the nose of this bottling from Chad Melville and family. It's tight and tart on the palate, with dried cranberry, pine needle and eucalyptus flavors that juxtapose with the more fruit-driven nose.
AG 91
Antonio Galloni's Vinous, September 2016
The 2014 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) is absolutely delicious. Crushed rose petals and bright red stone fruits abound. Sweet, perfumed and light on its feet, the 2014 retains gorgeous acidity to balance the richness of... The 2014 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) is absolutely delicious. Crushed rose petals and bright red stone fruits abound. Sweet, perfumed and light on its feet, the 2014 retains gorgeous acidity to balance the richness of the fruit. This is an absolutely joyous Pinot from Melville with tons of Sta. Rita Hills flamboyance. The 2014 is a blend of sixteen different Pinot clones done with 40% whole clusters and aged in neutral oak. Picks ranged from mid August to late September. This is a very nice appellation-level Pinot.
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2016
Spice box, wild herbs, black currants and black cherry notes all emerge from this nicely fruited, plump, mouth-filling 2014 Pinot Noir Estate, which has present tannin and a solid finish. Mostly destemmed and aged 11... Spice box, wild herbs, black currants and black cherry notes all emerge from this nicely fruited, plump, mouth-filling 2014 Pinot Noir Estate, which has present tannin and a solid finish. Mostly destemmed and aged 11 months in neutral barrels, it's a good value and will drink well for 4-5 years. - Jeb Dunnuck
Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Vintage 2014
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

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.