2016 Melville Pinot Noir Anna’s Block
2016 Melville Pinot Noir Anna’s Block Vivid crimson in color, opulent aromatics of strawberry preserves, clove and prickly pear are immediately noticeable in this 2016 vintage. Rich and concentrated notes of duck plum sauce and red currants mingle with spiced hints of Garam Masala, green peppercorn and steeped green tea. The wine is fresh and lively, with superb grip and acidity that elevate the wine’s mid palate and frame its plush and harmonious finish.
94 Jeb Dunnuck Terrific notes of red currants, underbrush/forest floor, and some savory, gamy notes emerge from the 2016 Pinot Noir Anna’s, which is from clones 667 and 114. It’s another wine that shines for its silky texture yet packs ample mid-palate depth as well as building structure and tannin. It’s going to evolve beautifully for 10-15 years.
There is no place on earth quite like the Sta. Rita Hills. The highly unusual east-west (or transverse) mountain range, close proximity to the cold Pacific, consistent coastal fog, and steady afternoon breezes together create ideal conditions for growing cold-climate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. Ron Melville and his sons recognized that these exceptional conditions, combined with their commitment to “winegrowing,” would result in wines of remarkable quality. Melville Vineyards was established in 1996 in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills and has since become one of the most highly-regarded estates in California.
With the guidance of Head Winegrower, Chad Melville, Melville’s full-time vineyard crew nurtures their 120 estate acres organically, paying close attention to the health of both the vines and the soil. Farming aggressively, yet carefully, and with the utmost respect to Mother Nature, helps encourage the vines to produce small amounts of intensely flavored/concentrated fruit. At the time of harvest, they consider the wines to already be made, and strive to not interfere with their natural path in the cellar. To this effect, they maintain a minimalist approach by aging their wines only in neutral French oak and stainless steel and utilize whole cluster fermentation to contribute to the depth, structure, and complexity of their wines.