Pinot Noir, Melville Estate
Light ruby in color, lively and vivid aromatics of violets, just ripe black cherry, cranberry compote and briny orange waft from the glass. In the background, herbal notes of dusty rosemary and dried black tea leaf weave alongside impressions of apple blossom and a hint of nori. The mouthfeel is polished with soft, bright acidity and focused, silky tannins on the finish that add gorgeous earthy components and complexity.
This is 100% Melville fruit from their Sta. Rita Hills estate and is a collection of sixteen pinot noir clones. 40% of the fruit was fermented as whole-clusters with 60% gently de- stemmed in small (1.5 ton) open-top fermenters. Total skin and stem contact averaged 30 days (7-day cold soak, 2+ weeks of fermentation and 1+ week extended maceration). From the press, the wine was transferred directly into neutral barrel (15+ year old French oak), where it remained sur lie without sulfur until July, when it was gently racked for the first time and prepared for bottling in August.