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.
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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(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