Melville Sta. Rita Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2020 - 750ml

Melville Sta. Rita Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2020 - 750ml

Melville Sta. Rita Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2020 - 750ml

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93pts Jeb Dunnuck

A year-in, year-out no brainer for those who love impeccably made California Pinot Noir, the 2020 Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills reveals a healthy, translucent ruby hue as well as textbook Sta. Rita Hills notes of mulberries, redcurrants, baking spices, dried flowers, and subtle hints of marine-like iodine and salinity. Beautiful on the palate as well, it's medium-bodied, has terrific balance, silky tannins, and a great finish. It's gorgeous today yet will keep for a decade in cold cellars.

91pts Robert Parker

The 2020 Pinot Noir Estate has a medium ruby color and scents of dried red cherries and pomegranate with accents of tobacco leaves and prosciutto. The medium-bodied palate is firm and grainy, finishing earthy.

91pts Vinous

Melville's 2020 Pinot Noir Estate is a very pretty, effusive wine. Crushed flowers, sweet red berry fruit, mint, spice and cedar are all very nicely lifted. This gracious, mid-weight Pinot bodes quite well for the rest of the range.
91pts Wine&Spirits
A young wine with youthful dark fruit and tension, and a strident expression of whole-cluster spice, this is exceedingly savory in its aromatics, with scents of olive and olive leaf, smoldering tobacco and gorse. Its fruit is flavorful and dark, and shows some integration after three days open, but it needs age to merge with the savory elements. 

90pts Wilfred Wong

The 2020 Melville Sta. Rita Hills Estate Pinot Noir is authentic and rewarding. This wine offers aromas and flavors of savory spices, earthy notes, and black fruit. Pair it with slow-cooked lamb shanks.

Winemaker Notes

Red rose petal in color, lively and vivid aromatics of raspberry, black cherry, fresh cranberry sauce, blood orange, and nori waft from the glass. In the background, dried sage, basil powder, and talc weave alongside a hint of cinnamon and orange rind. The mouthfeel is polished with soft, bright acidity and focused, silky, assertive tannins on the finish that add gorgeous earthy components and complexity.

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