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SAMSARA PINOT NOIR, MELVILLE VINEYARD, STA. RITA HILLS 2012
Maybe the best Pinot Noir from Chad to date, the 2012 Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard saw 50% stems and 20 months in 50% new French oak. It is flat-out awesome. Possessing lots of salty minerality in its black raspberry, truffle, autumn leaf and wood-smoke-scented bouquet, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless, silky texture and fabulous persistence and flavor intensity that comes through on the finish. While it saw 50% stems, they're nicely integrated and work well with this cuvee.
NVWE Notes: Although it offers plenty of floral, herbal and savory-spice accents, this is nevertheless a fruit-forward, gutsy Pinot. The nose centers on concentrated black cherry, Bing cherry, dark boysenberry, black currant, Mr. Lincoln rose and blood orange scents, with peppered bouillon, roasted meat, tobacco, laurel and forest floor-spice in support. It seems more youthful and even gutsier on the palate, where boysenberry, blackberry and Italian Maraschino cherry push the wine’s floral, savory and mineral notes into the background. The finish is extremely long and flavor-packed, so it is a pleasure to enjoy now, despite wanting another five or six years to show all it can show. 120 cases made.