2015 Melville Pinot Noir Estate

Year: 2015
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 91
Jeb Dunnuck: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :

"A savory, beefy red, dominated by sun-dried tomato and roasted cherry flavors. Cedar and spice details show on the finish. Drink now. 4,009 cases made. -KM " (WS)

"The 2015 Pinot Noir Estate reveals aromas of red cherry, fresh herbs and strawberry preserve, followed by a supple, medium-bodied, succulent palate with a saline, savory finish. Fermented with some whole bunches and matured in neutral barrels, this is very much in the Melville style to which readers will have become accustomed." (WA)

"The 2015 Pinot Noir Estate (Sta. Rita Hills) is laced with sweet floral notes and bright, red-toned fruit. Delicate and medium in body, and made in a decidedly gracious, open-knit style, it is a good choice for drinking now and over the next few years." (VM)

"The 2015 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is the largest production cuvée of the estate and it's a year in, year out value. The 2015 (this was also reviewed last year) is a spice-filled, cherry, and forest floor-scented effort that has medium-bodied depth and richness, the focused style of the vintage, and a good finish. It's showing slightly better than this time last year and should age gracefully going forward." (JD)

"Red cherry, dried rose petal and cinnamon-spiced melon show on the unique and alluring nose in this bottling. The palate offers a complex blend of earth and fruit, combining sour cherry with wild thyme, red flowers and dried sage." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Tasting Notes: Brilliant ruby in color, vivid aromatics of red currants, cedar and cinnamon stick spring from the glass. On the palate, delicate and lifted floral notes of crushed rose petal and hibiscus are anchored by more tender impressions of strawberry gelatin, tangerine oil, black cherry compote and baked red apples. The mouthfeel is focused and vibrant, possessing a gorgeous mineral component along with lively acidity that augment the wine’s generous and cohesive finish.