Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2017
|Region||California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills|
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.
The 2017 Pinot Noir Estate was made using about 40% whole cluster, without new oak. Pale to medium ruby, the nose features bright cranberries, rhubarb, citrus peel and dusty earth aromas. The palate is light to medium-bodied with bright, bitters-laced fruits accented by notes of iodine and tea leaves, softly framed and fresh and finishing long. 2,842 cases produced.
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.