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MELVILLE PINOT NOIR "ESTATE" SANTA RITA HILLS 2016
NVWE NOTES: This is already a gorgeous Pinot Noir, but it has an even grander future. The nose melds scents of black raspberry, dark cherry, whortleberry, pomegranate, dry red rose, sumac berry, new leather, peppery bouillon, sumac berry, pink peppercorn, black tea and forest-floor spice. Those savory notes are particularly rich on the palate, where hints of blood orange, five spice and star anise join the party in counterpoint to the wine’s tighter core of focused sour red cherry, dark boysenberry, pomegranate and red raspberry fruit. Long, supple, complex and classy now, it will certainly grow ever finer over the next three years.
The 2016 Pinot Noir Estate is a blend of the seventeen clones on the property. Freshly cut flowers, spice, mint, blood orange and dried flowers give the Estate beguiling aromatic complexity and nuance. There is a sense of translucent beauty in the 2016 that is fabulous, while the 40% whole clusters are very nicely integrated. This is such a tremendous wine. Drink 2020 - 2031. Antonio Galloni Sep 2019
Medium ruby in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Estate has a very bright, sunny nose of tangerine peel, ripe red cherries, spiced cranberries and rhubarb with hints of tree bark, dried earth, oolong tea and crushed strawberries plus a white pepper hint. It's light to medium-bodied with a silky texture, intense, juicy earth-accented red fruits, softly grainy tannins and a long finish. 4,877 cases were produced and at this price point, this makes a good value-for-money casual bottle. Drink Date 2020 - 2030. Erin Brooks 12th Sep 2019