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2017 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #1500741 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Crisp aromas of raspberry sorbet and cherry-mint glaze meet with a touch of green herbs and menthol on the nose of this bottling, which enlivens the senses. Fresh strawberry and blistered tomato flavors arise on the sip, backed by eucalyptus and pine-needle touches, making for a glass that’s guzzled quickly. (MK) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Coming from vines around the estate, the 2017 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is based on a mix of clones and was 60% destemmed and brought up all in totally neutral oak. It’s a classic Melville Pinot Noir that jumps from the glass with its spiced red and black fruits, dried flower, marine-like salinity, bay leaf, and forest floor aromas and flavors. Balanced, medium-bodied, and elegant on the palate, with light tannins and nicely integrated acidity, it can be drunk today or cellared for a decade. Inner quote mark (5/2020)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Pinot Noir Estate is a very pretty, open-knit wine that captures the essence of the Melville house style. Holiday spice cake, dried cherry, blood orange and floral overtones all take shape in an exotic, beautifully perfumed Pinot that can be enjoyed with minimal cellaring. The Estate is a blend of 17 clones, which no doubt adds to the wine's layers of complexity. (AG) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

K&L Notes

Some say clone is king, others aver that a mix of clones is key. This estate-grown Pinot from the Sta. Rita Hills is sourced from at least 16 different clones of Pinot Noir, putting it squarely in the "mix" camp.

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