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2016 Melville Vineyards and Winery Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills 750ml

$34.99

PINOT NOIR

25 in stock

V
95
WA
92
WE
92
JD
91
SKU: 705105169873

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    Vinous: 95 points

    “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. Drinking dates 2020 -2031.”

    Review date: September 2019

    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 92 points

    "I'm the most proud of this wine," Chad Melville says. "This includes all 16 clones, around 130 different lots. It's like an orchestra, using what's left from the single-vineyard blends. To be able to pull aside those other sweet vineyard spots to bottle separately and still have this wine keep kicking ass—I'm becoming a better farmer and learning the land." 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 sates 2020-2030.”-

    Review date: September 2019

    Wine Enthusiast: 92 points

    “Focused aromas of black raspberry jam, peppercorns, light eucalyptus and white pepper show on the nose of this bottling. There is a snappy texture to the sip, where black-plum, tart cranberry and orange-peel flavors converge.”

    Review date: January 2020

    Jeb Dunnuck: 91 points

    “Starting with the value-priced 2016 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills, it was 60% destemmed, saw a long 30-day maceration, and was aged all in very old barrels. This medium ruby/plum-hued effort offers complex notes of macerated cherries, dried strawberries, forest floor, spice, and earth. With medium body, a light, elegant texture, ultra-fine tannins, and a great finish, it's a no-brainer purchase to enjoy over the coming 7-8 years (or more).”

    Review date: October 2019