2017 Melville Pinot Noir Sandys
2017 Melville Pinot Noir Sandys, Central Coast, California
Winemaker Notes; Deep ruby red in color, seductive and dark fruit aromatics of black currants, Bergamot orange and Bing cherries are noticeable up front while delicate hints of sandalwood, rose hips and sumac seasoning linger in the background. The wine possesses loads of fresh acidity with juicy, well integrated tannins that provide backbone and liveliness to the wine’s texture and balanced finish.
Critical Acclaim JDJeb Dunnuck; Similarly translucent ruby-colored, the 2017 Pinot Noir Sandy’s saw 30% stems and all neutral oak. Rocking notes of ripe strawberries, autumn forest floor, salt brine, and Asian spice notes all emerge from this gorgeous effort, which is medium-bodied, with a silky texture and a fabulous finish. Complex, layered, and lengthy, it’s going to keep for a decade.
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”
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 “wine growing,” 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.