2006 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tart sweet and sour cherries, hints of strawberry jam, and lively acids characterize the 2006 Pinot Noir Estate. This wine is medium-bodied, fresh, lively, and very Cote du Beaune-like. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red. Exotically perfumed nose combines strawberry, raspberry, blood orange and Christmas spices. Sexy stuff, offering sweet red berry flavors, velvety texture and a suave array of Asian spices. The spiciness builds on the brisk, clinging finish. This was reportedly made with 50% whole clusters. (JR)
Here's a stylish, full-bodied and elegant wine that's a great exposition of Sta. Rita Hills. From low-yielding vines, the wine is layered and complex in currant, cherry, raspberry, carob, Asian spice and cedar flavors that are wrapped into a lush, silky texture.
This beautiful, inky-red Pinot Noir comes from Melville's Sta. Rita Hills estate and is comprised of 14 different Pinot clones. Delightfully aromatic, the nose is redolent of red currants, black raspberries and black cherries with hints of orange pekoe, mocha, thyme, clove and maple syrup. Slightly minerally on the palate, the fruit and spice continue with the addition of white flowers and sea breeze. Medium-bodied with velvety tannins, this well-balanced, nicely structured Pinot is elegant with good length.