Thursday, February 6, 2020

A pair of 95 Point Pinots from one of Santa Barbara's best, Melville Winery

2016 Melville Estate Pinot Noir...$37.99
The 2016 Pinot Noir Estate is a blend of the seventeen clones on the property. Freshly cut flowers, spice, mint, blood orange and dried flowers give the Estate beguiling aromatic complexity and nuance. There is a sense of translucent beauty in the 2016 that is fabulous, while the 40% whole clusters are very nicely integrated. This is such a tremendous wine.
Rated 95/100 Vinous Media

2017 Melville Sandy's Pinot Noir...$49.99
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.
Rated 95/100 Jeb Dunnuck

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