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Date Printed: 12/26/2014
Melville Sta. Rita Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2002
Melville Sta. Rita Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2002
(search item no. 62406)

PRICE ON 12/26/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 94 points
2012 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2012 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit completely drives this wine casting rich aromas of ripe, red cherries, raspberries and plum, that explode from the glass gently supported by rosemary, rose petal, and lavender nuances.

In the mouth, thse similar flavors are expressed more generously and purely. The palate impression is plush, pliant and silky smooth, providing excellent texture and mouthfeel with a long, spicy smooth finish.

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About Melville:

In 1989, Melville Vineyards, a family owned and operated enterprise was founded in Sonoma County's Knights Valley, where Ron Melville grew high quality, much sought after Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1996, Ron's desire to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay brought Melville Vineyards to Lompoc's Sta. Rita Hills, located in the western Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California.

The Sta. Rita Hills appellation is where Ron Melville and his sons Brent and Chad Melville decided to develop their estate vineyards and winery. Since then, they have also developed an interest in Rhone varietals, particularly Northern Rhone Syrah and Viognier. The Melville estate achieves quality through the integrity of its farming practice and its respect to the microclimate. The Melvilles believe that a fine wine begins in the terroir (teh-RWAHR) or microclimate of a vineyard. Terroir is the French term for soil. In the vineyard, it encompasses soil type and geographic factors which may influence the quality of wine. This is indicative of the Melvilles' decision to grow wine in the Sta. Rita Hills (AVA) appellation.