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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Melville Sta. Rita Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2011
Melville Sta. Rita Hills Estate Pinot Noir 2011
(search item no. 125925)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $29.99

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
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:

Soft garnet in color, delicate aromatics of oolong tea, mandarin orange, gardenia and sandalwood spring from the glass. Fruit components of pomegranate reduction, currants and guava weave along the palate with spice and herbal notes of pink peppercorn, thyme, clove and fennel seed. The mouthfeel is plush and velvety yet finishes with elegance and drive.
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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.