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Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2015

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Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2015

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This is 100% Melville fruit from our Sta. Rita Hills estate, and is a collection of 16 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 (10+ year old French oak), where it remained sur lie without sulfur until June, when it was gently racked for the first time and prepared for bottling in August. Yields were 2.4 lbs/vine (2.2 tons/acre).
Category Red Wine
Varietal
Region California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills
Brand Melville
Alcohol/vol 14%
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Wine EnthusiastRed cherry, dried rose petal and cinnamon-spiced melon show on the unique and alluring nose in this bottling. The palate offers a complex blend of earth and fruit, combining sour cherry with wild thyme, red flowers and dried sage.

Matt Kettmann, December 1, 2018
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Wine SpectatorA savory, beefy red, dominated by sun-dried tomato and roasted cherry flavors. Cedar and spice details show on the finish. Drink now. 4,009 cases made.

Kim Marcus, August 31, 2018