Melville Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2017
|Region||California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills|
Pale garnet in color, vibrant and complex fruit aromatics of ripe pomegranate, rhubarb, tangerine zest and bright cherry spring from the glass. In the background, spicy notes of black tea dust and cinnamon weave along the palate with earthy hints of chanterelle mushrooms and wet sand. Mouthwatering and fresh on the palate, the wine displays gorgeous concentration and purity that leads to a balanced, lengthy finish.
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.
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.