2017 Melville Estate Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills, USA
"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."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 92 Points
"Dark and spicy, this has scents of oak and strawberry, the fruit growing lush with air. A briny savor brings the fruit into focus, and sumptuous oak frames the finish."
Wine & Spirits 91 Points