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2017 Melville Estate Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills, USA

$36.99 USD

"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