Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2008

Pinot Noir from Central Coast, California

Price: $29.99
Item No. 106668
  • RP91
  • ST90
Style: Smooth & Supple

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: 14.8%

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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Beautiful deep red and blue colors describe this opulent aromatic wine. Red nuances of sandalwood, cherry pie, currants, rhubarb and jaimaca are interwoven with hints of jasmine, Darjeeling tea, cocoa-powder, red-hot apples, holiday spice and cherry bark. The palate impressions are generous and envelopes your entire mouth in a suave and sultry manner. The finish is both elegant and full-bodied.

Critical Acclaim

"The biggest production item at Melville is the 2008 Pinot Noir Estate (5,525 cases). Readers looking for a top-notch Pinot Noir at a realistic price should check this wine out. Terrific raspberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with some boysenberry and underbrush notes jump from the glass of this deep ruby/purple-tinged wine. Medium to full-bodied, it is seriously packed with silky tannins and good vibrancy and delineation. This is an impressive wine made for those loving more of the black raspberry/boysenberry character of Pinot. It should drink well for 5-6 years. "
91 Points

"Bright ruby. Sexy, smoky aromas of red fruits, baking spices and musky herbs. Spicy and concentrated, with an enticing sweetness and good stuffing to its red and dark berry flavors. Dense and expressive but lively, with very good finishing clarity and lingering spiciness."
90 Points

Learn About Melville Map ItMap It

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...

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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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