Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2021

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Vintage: 2021
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Wine Description

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?


leather, earthy, mushroom

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, peach, apricot

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

citrus, lemon, grapefruit

cheese, cream, oil

grass, rhubarb, straw

raisin, fig, prune

tamarind, lychee, kiwi

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... Read More

Other Vintages:

  • WE 91
  • WA 91
  • JD 93
  • WAS 91
Pinot Noir grapes exhibit a distinct elegance. Their thin skins and tightly clustered berries make them susceptible to disease and challenging to cultivate. However, the rewards of this persnickety grape are extraordinary. Pinot Noir wines possess a remarkable flavor profile, often described as silky, with vibrant acidity, delicate tannins, and an array of aromas. Expect to encounter red fruit notes like cherry and raspberry, accompanied by earthy undertones, floral hints, and sometimes a touch of spice. Renowned regions such as Burgundy in France, the Willamette Valley in Oregon, and California's Sonoma County have become synonymous with exceptional Pinot Noir production. Each region brings its own terroir and climate, contributing to the wine's character. Burgundy, for instance,... Read More

Winemaker of Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2021

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... Read More
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The wine region of Sta. Rita Hills has a rich history dating back to its establishment as an American Viticultural Area (AVA) in July 2001. Originally known as Santa Rita Hills, the AVA faced a name change to Sta. Rita Hills in 2006 due to protests from Vina Santa Rita, a large Chilean wine company. Today, the AVA covers approximately 14,000 hectares (36,000 acres) of land, with vineyards predominantly planted with Pinot Noir, followed by Chardonnay, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and other grape varieties. Sta. Rita Hills benefits from a unique location at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley in California's... Read More

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