Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2012

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Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2012


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Ruby red in color, fresh fruit aromatics of mandarin orange, black raspberry and grilled watermelon spring from the glass. On the palate, pretty nuances of rose petal, gardenia and oolong tea mingle with herbal notes of sandalwood, star anise, fresh thyme and fennel seed. The mouthfeel is plush and velvety yet finishes with significant persistence and volume.
Category Red Wine
Region California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills
Brand Melville
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VinousCrushed red berries, mint, flowers and cinnamon lift from the glass in the 2012 Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills. This is one of the most polished, refined and aromatically expressive wines I have tasted from Melville. What a gorgeous, radian and totally sexy wine this is.

Antonio Galloni
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Wine AdvocateThe 2012 Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills is a smoking value. Seeing 40% whole cluster and 11 months in neutral oak, it offers beautiful cherry blossom, pepper, white flowers and hints of underbrush to go with a rich, layered and impressively textured feel on the palate. You don't see this quality at this price very often (for Pinot anyway) and readers need to get a hold of a few of these.

Jeb Dunnuck, August 2014
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Wine SpectatorThe fruity strawberry, cherry and raspberry notes are firm and inviting, gaining depth and persistence. Ends with gripping tannins and a stemmy note. Drink now through 2022. 9,743 cases made.

James Laube, August 31, 2014