Melville Estate Block M Pinot Noir 2021
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The Melville Estate Block M Pinot Noir 2021 is a true testament to its rugged origins, perched atop a wind-swept mesa with cold-climate influences and dense botella clay soil. Crafted by winemaker Chad Melville, this limited production wine of 598 cases showcases the unique character derived from the challenging terrain and two Dijon clones, 114 and 115.
In the glass, the wine unveils a mesmerizing deep ruby color that hints at the intensity within. The nose is a delightful interplay of terra-cotta and strawberries, adorned with the fragrant allure of hibiscus and white pepper. A swirl reveals underlying scents of clove, cardamom, lavender, and black tea, adding further complexity to the aroma.
On the palate, the wine exhibits its textural power and concentration, attributed to the thick-skinned berries from the harsh environment. Flavors of rhubarb and concentrated dried cassis flood the mouth, accompanied by the warmth of fall spices. Hints of slow-drip coffee grounds lend an intriguing depth to the taste, while the well-integrated savory tannins create a harmonious balance.
With its linear and energetic structure, Block M Pinot Noir 2021 displays a certain agility, despite its chewy nature. This wine impresses with its depth and richness, being the boldest expression among Melville’s Small Lot Collection. The electrifying freshness cuts through, enhancing the overall drinking experience.
Block M pairs splendidly with grilled or braised red meats and rich sauces, enhancing its depth and character. It also promises great potential for cellaring, as praised by Wine & Spirits, which awarded it 94 points for its smoky, black-fruited, and chiseled qualities.
James Suckling, awarding the wine an impressive 95 points, described it as a compelling and intense experience, highlighting its medium-to-full-bodied character and the interplay of flavors derived from the unique terroir.