2018 Melville Pinot Noir
2018 Melville Pinot Noir – This is a ridiculously good Pinot Noir for under thirty a bottle. The 2018 Melville Santa Rita Hills
Pinot Noir got a huge 94pts by Jeb Dunnuck and is off the charts spectacular at the price. The Melville family are pioneers of Santa Rita Hills and were instrumental in the establishment of the AVA in 2001, now recognized as one the finest appellations for Pinot Noir in the world. Production is overseen by the dynamic duo of Greg Brewer and Steve Clifton of Brewer Clifton fame, considered the masters of Santa Rita Hills, and pioneers in their own right of single vineyard Pinot Noir. These two gentlemen make some of the best Pinot Noir in California. This beautiful Pinot Noir offers aromas of macerated cherry, dried strawberry and earth waft from the glass and are echoed on the palate. Notable for its silky texture and refined tannins, this wine is sure to offer loads of pleasure. Parker comments that these wines are a hedonistic version of Grand Cru Burgundy and commented on these wines, “Off the charts good…these are some of the greatest values in the world of wine today.” We couldn’t agree more!
Our price on the wine is strong and again this is world class Pinot Noir that you never see under $30 a bottle. A strong case buy!
Starting with the 2018 Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills, which comes from vines around the estate and saw 40% stems, it reveals a medium ruby hue as well as a great bouquet of ripe cherry and raspberry fruits intermixed with beautiful violet and floral notes. Showing the purity and elegance of the vintage, it’s medium-bodied and has a silky texture, no hard edges, and a great finish. As usual, it’s a screaming value. 94pts JD
Rich magenta in color, lively and vivid aromatics of fresh cranberry, lychee fruit, cherry pie filling and orange oil spring from the glass. In the background, floral notes of honeysuckle and apple blossom weave alongside spicy, herbal impressions of dried black tea leaf, bramble and cardamom. The mouthfeel is polished initially, with juicy acidity and focused tannins on the finish that add gorgeous weight and complexity. Winemaker