Brewer-Clifton Melville Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California

Item No. 130323
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • ST93
  • V92
  • WS92
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 15.3%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

The Melville Pinot Noir shows aromas of violets, blueberries and watermelon rind. Flavors of pomegranate and sour Bing cherry fill the glass, finishing with a walnut skin texture.

Critical Acclaim

"Bright ruby-red. Heady aromas of red fruit preserves, incense and rose oil, with a spicy topnote. Stains the palate with energetic raspberry and cherry flavors and shows outstanding clarity. Takes a darker turn with air, picking up a blackberry note that carries through a long, sweet, velvety finish. I have no doubt that this wine will age effortlessly but I find it pretty irresistible now."
93 Points

"Clean, pure, ripe and vivid flavors of spice, wild berry and raspberry are tight and structured in this tannic red."
92 Points

"I am in total agreement with Antonio Galloni's initial review of the 2010 Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard published in 2012. This wine finished at 15.3% natural alcohol, and while I did not find any of the mint and herb characteristics Antonio mentioned, there is some bouquet garni, lots of raspberry and black cherry fruit, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, and a firm, structured finish. It appears the cooler years of 2009, 2010 and 2011 are more herbal than earlier vintages."
92 Points

"I find a lot of intrigue in the 2010 Pinot Noir Melville. An open, floral bouquet laced with sweet dried cherries, mint, herbs and licorice melds into expressive fruit. Deceptively medium in body, the Melville nevertheless has plenty of fruit and stuffing, but it is less obvious than some of the other wines in this lineup. The layered, subtle finish is especially of note."
92 Points

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While grounded in traditional ideals matched with extensive studies in Europe, the wines at Brewer-Clifton do not feel the necessity to be fettered by them. Instead, the vintners elect to employ the most sincere and vulnerable wine production practices so as to reinterpret classicism within the aesthetic of the Sta. Rita Hills. They do not strive to emulate any other producer...

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Learn About Central Coast

The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others. Notable Facts...

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Learn About Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr) Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal. Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...

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