2014 Pinot Noir - Melville Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

2014 Pinot Noir - Melville Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
2014 Pinot Noir - Melville Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

93 Points - The 2014 Melville is a blend of Clone 667 and Pommard,  It's a big, sweetly fruited beauty readers are going to love. Framboise, red currants, salty minerality and hints of dusty/loamy notes flow to a ripe, sexy, mouth-filling Pinot Noir that has sweet tannin and a great finish.  It has loads of character, a big sweet core of fruit, and will drink nicely through 2026 - Jeb Dunnuck (June 2017)

93+ Points - Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2014 Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard is very sublte on the nose, revealing gentle pomegranate and rhubarb nuances with fragrant earth and moss hints.  Medium-bodied, with the fruit and earth layers tightly wound and compressed like a spring, it has a firm backbone of chewy tannins and great freshness, finishing with lingering herb and mineral notes.  Give this beaury good 2 years in bottle and drink it over the next 8-10 years+.  Anticipated maturity 2019-2029 - The Wine Advocate (Sept. 2017)

Production notes
  • Grapes were hand-harvested from Melville Vineyard from the same 6 rows of loamy, clay soil
  • 50% whole cluster fermentation in small lots (2 tons)
  • Like always, we relied on the native yeast that the grapes carried from the vineyards to complete the fermentation
  • We hand punched each fermentor twice a day to enhance the extraction of colors, tannins and flavors
  • After primary fermentation was complete we extended maceration for up to 30-35 days to further extract color, tannins and flavor
  • Pressed with ultra-gentle stainless steel basket press in an 8-hour cycle
  • Aged in 30% new French oak for 22 months prior to bottling, no fining or filtering with two rackings before bottling.and then another year in bottle prior to releasing.
  • Clones 667 & Pommard
Varietal100% Pinot Noir
AppellationSta. Rita Hills
VineyardMelville Vineyard
Sugar24.1
Acid0.60
PH3.51
Aging34 months
FermentationNative Yeast
Alcohol14.20%
Wine Style30% new French oak; 50% Whole Cluster : unfined &
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced101

94 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

93+ Points - The Wine Advocate

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