Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2021

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Vintage: 2021
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In the glass, Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2021 reveals a captivating ruby hue that instantly entices the senses. The aromatics are an elegant dance of rose petals, ripe red plums, warm cloves, and a zesty hint of orange zest. This enticing bouquet sets the stage for a sensory journey that promises to be delightful.

Upon the first sip, the palate is greeted by a rush of flavors that race across the entire mouth. Bing cherry, raspberry, and blackberry form a vibrant chorus, complemented by delicate notes of black tea and tarragon, adding complexity to the experience. The wine’s texture is harmoniously wrapped in a backbone of silky tannins, which provide a luxurious and refined mouthfeel. Energetic acidity adds a touch of liveliness, enhancing the wine’s verve and inviting further exploration of its layers of taste.

Crafted solely from Melville fruit sourced from their esteemed Sta. Rita Hills estate, this wine is a true representation of their winemaking expertise. The vines, with an impressive age of 25 years, thrive in sandy loam soil, imparting a distinctive terroir expression to the wine.

Winemaker Chad Melville’s meticulous approach shines through the production process. Seventeen Pinot Noir clones contribute to the wine’s complexity, with 40% of the fruit undergoing whole-cluster fermentation and the remaining 60% gently de-stemmed in small open-top fermenters. The resulting blend of techniques creates a wine with excellent balance and structure. After an extended maceration period, the wine is transferred to neutral French oak barrels, where it ages sur lie without sulfur until the final preparation for bottling.

The critical acclaims received by this vintage further validate its exceptional quality. Wine Enthusiast awarded it an impressive 95 points, praising its fresh and complex nose, firm texture, and classic expression of the appellation. Wine Advocate followed suit with 94 points, noting its alluring aromas and layered finish. Jeb Dunnuck bestowed 93 points, comparing it to a top Premier Cru from Burgundy, affirming its exceptional value.

In conclusion, Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2021 is a graceful and enticing wine that showcases the Sta. Rita Hills terroir and the mastery of the Melville winemaking team. With its floral aromas, vibrant fruit flavors, and seamless structure, this wine promises to age beautifully over the years, making it a worthy addition to any wine enthusiast’s collection.


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Critical Acclaim

WE 95
Wine Enthusiast
Lovely aromas of cherry pie and damp mint make for a fresh and complex nose on this estate bottling, one of the more affordable ones in the Melville lineup. The palate is firm in texture and blasted with acidity, showing black cherry, cola, mace, bay leaf and clove flavors, a classic expression of this appellation.
WA 94
Wine Advocate
Medium ruby, the 2021 Pinot Noir Estate has alluring aromas of cranberry and orange jelly, forest floor and Angostura bitters. Medium-bodied, it floods the mouth with waves of juicy berry fruit supported by fine, chalky tannins, and it finishes long and layered. This was vinified using about 40% whole clusters.
JD 93
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2021 Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills shows the more classic style of this estate today and is unquestionably a qualitative match for a top Premier Cru from Burgundy, albeit at about a fraction of the cost. Translucent ruby, with a gorgeous nose of peppery red and black cherry fruits as well as spring flowers, baking spices, and subtle briny, marine-like nuances, it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, an elegant, lively mouthfeel, supple tannins, and perfectly integrated acidity. It will evolve gracefully for 8-10 years, if not longer.

What does Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2021 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

leather, earthy, mushroom

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, peach, apricot

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, lemon, grapefruit

cheese, cream, oil

Vegetal notes found in the wine

grass, rhubarb, straw

raisin, fig, prune

tamarind, lychee, kiwi

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, lavender, potpourri

Food Pairing with Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2021

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melville winery
Nestled in the picturesque Sta. Rita Hills AVA of California, Melville Winery stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of family-owned and operated estates. Founded in 1989, this captivating winery has been producing exquisite Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah wines, captivating the palates of wine enthusiasts worldwide. Spread over 49 hectares (120 acres) of vineyards in Santa Barbara County, Melville boasts three neighboring sites that provide an ideal environment for cultivating a diverse range of grapes. Embracing innovation and tradition, Melville skillfully plants different clones and blocks on a variety of soil types, which offers them a wealth of options to craft their exceptional Pinot Noirs. What sets Melville apart from the crowd is their commitment to quality. Vines...check our brand Melville

Other Vintages:

  • WE 91
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  • JD 93
  • WAS 91
Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir, a name derived from the French words for 'pine' and 'black,' refers to both a red-wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera and the wines predominantly made from these grapes. This grape varietal is celebrated for its tightly clustered, pinecone-shaped bunches of fruit. It has a reputation for being a delicate and challenging grape to cultivate and transform into wine, but it yields some of the most highly prized and expressive wines in the world. 2. Growing Regions: Climate and Soil Pinot Noir thrives in cooler climates, making it a staple in regions like Burgundy (France), Oregon's Willamette Valley (USA), Central Otago (New Zealand), and parts of Australia like Yarra Valley and Tasmania. The success of Pinot Noir in these areas can be attributed to specific...Please check Pinot Noir for more information

Winemaker of Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2021

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Chad Melville

In 1997, alongside his father and brother, Chad Melville co-founded Melville's estate vineyards. Over the years, he has assumed the role of both winemaker and winegrower, prompting an intriguing question: which one defines him best? At Melville, the notion that wines "begin in the vineyard" holds true. Chad's wines are crafted exclusively from grapes grown at the Melville Estate, giving him and his team full control over their treatment. However, while they can't dictate nature's whims, Chad embraces a life in humble servitude to Mother Nature and their cherished piece of land that houses the vineyards and winery. Farming organically is just the beginning; sustainability encompasses a broader perspective for Chad. He understands that giving back to the earth isn't enough; it... More Products
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The Sta. Rita Hills wine region, recognized as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) since July 2001, boasts a storied past steeped in viticultural heritage. Initially christened as Santa Rita Hills, the area underwent a rebranding to Sta. Rita Hills in 2006, following a dispute with Vina Santa Rita, a prominent Chilean winery. Spanning roughly 14,000 hectares (36,000 acres), this AVA primarily cultivates Pinot Noir, alongside other varietals like Chardonnay, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and more. Geographically positioned at the western extremity of the Santa Ynez Valley within the Central Coast wine region of California, Sta. Rita Hills enjoys a unique set of climatic advantages. Nestled within the larger Santa Ynez... ...Check Region for more information

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