Melville - Estate Pinot Noir 2020
|Subregion||Santa Rita Hills|
This is 100% Melville fruit from our Sta. Rita Hills estate and is a collection of sixteen 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 averaged 30 days (7-day cold soak, 2+ weeks of fermentation and 1+ week extended maceration). From the press, the wine was transferred directly into neutral barrel (15+ year old French oak), where it remained sur lie without sulfur until July, when it was gently racked for the first time and prepared for bottling in August. Yields were 1.7lbs/vine (1.5 tons/acre).
Tasting Notes: red rose petal in color, lively and vivid aromatics of raspberry, black cherry, fresh cranberry sauce, blood orange and nori waft from the glass. In the background, dried sage, basil powder and talc weave alongside a hint of cinnamon and orange rind. The mouthfeel is polished with soft, bright acidity and focused, silky, assertive tannins on the finish that add gorgeous earthy components and complexity.
Wine Advocate: 91 Points
The 2020 Pinot Noir Estate has a medium ruby color and scents of dried red cherries and pomegranate with accents of tobacco leaves and prosciutto. The medium-bodied palate is firm and grainy, finishing earthy.
Vinous Media: 91 Points
Melville’s 2020 Pinot Noir Estate is a very pretty, effusive wine. Crushed flowers, sweet red berry fruit, mint, spice and cedar are all very nicely lifted. This gracious, mid-weight Pinot bodes quite well for the rest of the range.
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