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MELVILLE PINOT NOIR ESTATE "SANDY'S", STA. RITA HILLS 2014
NVWE Notes: This is a distinctive and beautifully elegant Pinot of chiseled focus, great depth and aristocratic class. The nose melds scents of pink and red rose, strawberry, Maraschino cherry, whortleberry, red boysenberry, coriander, sumac berry, roasted beet, black licorice, sandalwood and pu-erh tea into an exotic perfume. In the mouth it is sleek and tongue-coating, yet penetrating, while zest, tannin and chalk-like mineral tones subdue any overt fruitiness. On the mid-palate and through it’s super-long finish, Exchezeaux-like notes of chalk, match stick, graphite, clove, black licorice, Oolong tea, sandalwood, pink peppercorn and earthy elements form a savory veneer over a core of bottled cherry, dried red currant, boysenberry syrup, mulling spices, strawberry cobbler, beet and sumac berry. If wonderfully satisfying now, it is at least five years from it’s ultimate beauty. 929 6-packs produced.
Kirsch, dried flowers, dried soils, and spice box flow from the silky, pure, polished and elegant 2014 Pinot Noir Sandy’s, which saw 30% whole cluster during fermentation and 14 months in neutral barrels. I love its complexity, as well as its seamless, silky texture, and while it’s already hard to resist, it will evolve beautifully through 2024.