2016 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1406813 95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2016 Pinot Noir Estate is a blend of the seventeen clones on the property. Freshly cut flowers, spice, mint, blood orange and dried flowers give the Estate beguiling aromatic complexity and nuance. There is a sense of translucent beauty in the 2016 that is fabulous, while the 40% whole clusters are very nicely integrated. This is such a tremendous wine. (AG) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark "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. (EB) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Focused aromas of black raspberry jam, peppercorns, light eucalyptus and white pepper show on the nose of this bottling. There is a snappy texture to the sip, where black-plum, tart cranberry and orange-peel flavors converge. (MK) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Starting with the value-priced 2016 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills, it was 60% destemmed, saw a long 30-day maceration, and was aged all in very old barrels. This medium ruby/plum-hued effort offers complex notes of macerated cherries, dried strawberries, forest floor, spice, and earth. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

91 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark 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. (PJC) Inner quote mark (10/2019)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/24/2019 | Send Email
Melville is a perennial staff favorite here at K&L; wines our staff drink. So we were stoked when the new 2016 Estate Pinot garnered 95 points from Vinous! 2016 was the first vintage Chad Melville had turned over his Samsara wines to new owners and focused entirely on his eponymous brand with his father, Ron. Chad's love for whole cluster inclusion is perfectly executed in this wine giving beautiful texture and shape on the palate and adding spicy complexity and lift to the flavor profile. The wine is stunningly aromatic and expressive in a way only Pinot Noir can be. Crushed flowers, Asian spices, sandalwood, bright berry fruits and lick of exotic oak. Very vibrant and pure. Great length and poise on the palate, everything perfectly in place. This wine just delivers again and again. It drinks well beyond it's modest price point; I think this can hold up to most challengers from the region at any price point. With all the attention around the 95 point score this will go fast.

By: John Sumners | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2019 | Send Email
Fresh red plum, raspberry, and Bing cherry lead on the nose, framed by red rose, dried maple leaf, and pink peppercorn with hints of savory herbs and wet stone. Flavorful, finely balanced, nuanced, and brimming with class, this is a delightful rendition of the distinctive Melville style. A perfect companion for duck and roasted pork preparations. This is open-knit and ready to go, though it’ll age well if so desired.

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