2017 Melville Pinot Noir Anna’s Block
2017 Melville Pinot Noir Anna’s Block Deep garnet in color, with gorgeous layers of rhubarb, dried cherry, moist earth and dried orange peel. Layered with freshness, the wine’s concentration explodes on the palate with tremendous depth and broad, savory tannins that bring superb balance and structure.
92 Robert Parker: Medium ruby colored, the 2017 Pinot Noir Anna’s Block has a nose of pipe tobacco, saline, sage and garrigue with wild blackberries, black cherries, oolong tea, cola, red cranberry and rhubarb. Medium-bodied and silky textured, it gives concentrated fruit, savory and spice layers with firm, grainy tannins and juicy freshness, finishing long and layered.
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.