Melville 2013 Sta. Rita Hills Estate Pinot Noir
The Melville Winery has been on a tear lately, and so has their winemaker, Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton fame. This Pinot Noir from Melville’s Sta. Rita Hills estate has sexy aromas and opulent flavors with a very long floral finish, and on top of that it is a killer value!.
Melville Vineyards has been at the center of the rise of Sta. Rita Hills as one of the premier vineyard areas for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as Syrah, since establishing their estate there in the 1990’s. The Sta. Rita Hills appellation’s cool temperatures prolong the growing season which allows grapes longer hang time on the vines and heightened varietal flavor intensity. The soil is predominantly Lompoc dune sand, with various blocks possessing clay loam with shallow hard pans of Monterey shale. The cooling fog, and calcareous rock and sand helps produce grapes with natural acidity and flavor balance.
Melville winemaker, Greg Brewer, espouses non-interventionist models for his winemaking and strives to have as little interference as possible in getting the wine into the bottle. Brewer takes his minimalist approach to heart, allowing the Melville terroir to shine through their Pinot Noir wines. Brewer’s approach to Pinot Noir features whole berry fermentation with ripe stems, which he thinks gives the Pinots a firm foundation. The results found in Melville’s estate bottled Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir are intense and concentrated, with vivid berry, spice and floral aromas.
“…Firing on all cylinders on this occasion, with complex red fruits, rose petal and sous bois aromas and flavors all soaring from the glass…”.
-Jeb Dunnuck, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate