2015 Pinot Noir - Melville Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

2015 Pinot Noir - Melville  Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
2015 Pinot Noir - Melville Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
Tasting notes

"The pale to medium ruby colored 2015 Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard gives up scents of saline, tangerine peel, dusty earth, dried herbs, pipe tobacco and charcuterie with ripe strawberry, Earl Grey tea and black and red cherries and berries—subtle, pretty layers. Light to medium-bodied, it's silky and saline on entry, expanding into perfumed fruits and spices, with a backbone of plush, grainy tannins and very juicy acidity, finishing long, spicy and alive with energy." - Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate

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. We pressed with ultra-gentle stainless steel basket press in an 8-hour cycle. Aged in 25% 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.

Varietal100% Pinot Noir
AppellationSta.Rita HIlls
VineyardMelville
Sugar23.8
Acid0.59
PH3.61
Aging22 months in neutral french oak barrels
Fermentationnative yeast
Alcohol14.10%
Wine Style50% whole cluster
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced110

94 Points - The Wine Advocate

The pale to medium ruby colored 2015 Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard gives up scents of saline, tangerine peel, dusty earth, dried herbs, pipe tobacco and charcuterie with ripe strawberry, Earl Grey tea and black and red cherries and berries—subtle, pretty layers. Light to medium-bodied, it's silky and saline on entry, expanding into perfumed fruits and spices, with a backbone of plush, grainy tannins and very juicy acidity, finishing long, spicy and alive with energy. - Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate

93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

The 2015 Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard is another beautiful wine ... Ripe cherries, rose petal, lavender, and gamey aromas all flow to a medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, layered 2015 that packs some serious intensity, yet gains more and more elegance with time in the glass. Aged the standard 22 months in 25% new barrels, it’s going to keep for a decade or more.

94 Points - The Wine Enthusiast

91 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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