Pale garnet in color, vibrant and complex fruit aromatics of ripe pomegranate, rhubarb, tangerine zest and bright cherry spring from the glass. In the background, spicy notes of black tea dust and cinnamon weave along the palate with earthy hints of chanterelle mushrooms and wet sand. Mouthwatering and fresh on the palate, the wine displays gorgeous concentration and purity that leads to a balanced, lengthy finish.
95 Wine Enthusiast
Crisp aromas of raspberry sorbet and cherry-mint glaze meet with a touch of green herbs and menthol on the nose of this bottling, which enlivens the senses. Fresh strawberry and blistered tomato flavors arise on the sip, backed by eucalyp- tus and pine-needle touches, making for a glass that’s guzzled quickly.
94 Jeb Dunnuck
Coming from vines around the estate, the 2017 Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills is based on a mix of clones and was 60% destemmed and brought up all in totally neutral oak. It’s a classic Melville Pinot Noir that jumps from the glass with its spiced red and black fruits, dried flower, marine-like salinity, bay leaf, and forest floor aromas and flavors. Balanced, medium-bodied, and elegant on the palate, with light tannins and nicely integrated acidity, it can be drunk today or cellared for a decade.
91 Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2017 Pinot Noir Estate was made using about 40% whole cluster, without new oak. Pale to medium ruby, the nose features bright cranberries, rhubarb, citrus peel and dusty earth aromas. The palate is light to medium-bodied with bright, bitters-laced fruits accented by notes of iodine and tea leaves, softly framed and fresh and finishing long.