2013 Melville "Clone 115 Indigene" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1214038 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 More pure and energetic than the straight Sta. Rita Hills release, the 2013 Pinot Noir Clone 115 Indigene offers a medium-bodied, elegant and beautifully balanced style to go with classic Sta. Rita Hills spice, savory herbs, dusty soil and sweet black cherry fruits. About as classic as it gets from the region, with nicely integrated acidity and a great finish, it's hard to resist already, but should cruise for 7-8 years in the cellar. (JD)  (8/2015)

92 points Vinous

 A deep, rich wine, the 2013 Pinot Noir Clone 115 Indigène shows the darker side of Pinot in its dark red and blue-hued fruit. Mint, cinnamon and violets are woven throughout, adding layers of nuance and complexity. The broad, ample finish is striking. The Clone 115 is the only Melville Pinot that is made from fully destemmed fruit. Winemaker Greg Brewer turned out a gorgeous set of 2013 Pinots at Melville. The wines are consistently of very high quality, something that was not easy to achieve in a year with huge yields. As always, Brewer works with small-lot fermentations, a healthy amount of whole clusters for the Pinots (less for the Syrahs), low levels of new oak and minimal racking, which allows for the personality of each site to come through. (AG)  (6/2015)

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