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Community Tasting Notes (56) Avg Score: 90.4 points

  • As previously documented, I am a big fan of Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir. This however, more resembles a traditional, middle tier, Carneros Pinot. Lots of light, bright, red fruit on the front palate. But unfortunately, not very well balanced with an over abundance of acidity on the finish. OK value but in my opinion, even on the second day, not representative of its origin.

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  • Lush fruit, but not to the point of being jammy. Good balance. Still drinking very nicely.

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  • On day one: this is luxurious but simple and monodimensional, sweet and forward, expensive oak treatment showing, and with some significant tannic structure;

    It starts out excellent on day two; sweet and savoury at the same time, full of pinosity with a wide open nose; now, earthy secondary flavors are dominating but the fruit is still there. I have a slightly chilled glass that is just magic and contemplative in nature.

    After that I let the bottle be for a couple of hours and when I get back to business, a very distinct note of red beets take over completely, rendering the wine almost hard to drink. Impossible to pass judgement.

    Consistently though is that by the mid palate the wine narrows, even looses a bit of body and punch, finish is medium short and the acidity is rather low. This is drinking well right now (if you hit the sweet spot window that is) and I do not see a point in saving this for later.

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  • This is really drinking well now. Its my kind of Pinot, medium acidity and medium plus fruit.

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  • Tasted this wine in April 14, has mellowed some but not on the elite level of other santa Rita hills pinots.

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  • By Josh Raynolds
    November/December 2012, IWC Issue #165, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Melville Vineyards and Winery Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills) Subscribe to see review text.



  • By Antonio Galloni
    California's Central Coast: Better than Ever (Aug 2012), (See more on Vinous...)

    (Melville Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Richard Jennings
    7/15/2013, (See more on 92 points

    (Melville Pinot Noir Estate) Dark black cherry red color; tart cranberry, sous bois, tart black cherry nose; tasty, balanced, poised, tart cherry, tart black cherry, mineral palate with good acidity; medium-plus finish
  • By Richard Jennings
    4/1/2013, (See more on 91 points

    (Melville Pinot Noir Estate) Dark cherry red color; rosehips, tart cranberry, sous bois, hibiscus nose; tight, velvety textured, sous bois, rosehips, tart cranberry, mineral, hibiscus palate; needs 3-plus years; medium-plus finish 91+ points

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