2009 Melville Estate Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

SKU #500555
Darker and richer in color than its sibling, this wine exudes a more complex and concentrated profile. Fresh fruit aromatics of black cherry, black raspberry and blood orange mix with pretty nuances of sandalwood, rose petal and gardenia. Spices reminiscent of cinnamon, salt-water taffy, rhubarb and dried herbs complete the background. The mouthfeel is dense and spherical offering a broad palate sensation while maintaining its restraint. The finish is savory with plenty of persistence and volume.
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ROBERT PARKER RATING: 91
ROBERT PARKER REVIEW: The 2009 Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills makes for an excellent introduction to the wines of this appellation. It is a wonderfully fresh, vibrant wine graced with exquisite finesse and class. Sweet, floral notes reappear on the finish, adding lift and subtlety. This is classy juice. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.
WINE ENTHUSIAST RATING: 92
WINE ENTHUSIAST REVIEW: Just sings in the glass. So clean, crisp, elegant, the real deal. Cool-climate Pinot at its most succulent. Brims with raspberry, cherry and tart cranberry fruit, with notes of sweet sandalwood, white pepper and dusty pie spices, like cinnamon and clove. Wonderful choice now and for the next few years.
This is 100% Melville fruit from our Sta. Rita Hills estate, and is a collection of 16 pinot noir clones. Yields were 3.1 lbs/plant (2.8 tons/acre). 33% of the fruit was fermented as whole-clusters with 67% gently de-stemmed in small (1.5 ton) open-top fermenters. Total skin and stem contact averaged 30 days (7 day cold soak, 2 + weeks of fermentation and 1 + week extended maceration.) From the press, the wine was transferred directly into neutral barrel (old French oak), where it remained sur lie without sulfur until April, when it was gently racked for the first time and prepared for bottling in July.
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Vintage 2009
Country United States
Region California
Appellation Santa Maria/Santa Barbara
Bottle Size 750ml
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