What I can say is that Melville’s wines are perennial winners – almost preying on vintage variations in weather as opposed to having to react to them. The 2018 marks the fourth straight year with 94+ scores – and the best price in the country on bottle one today.
Founded by Ron Melville and winemaker Greg Brewer (Clifton-Brewer), the two built a little dynasty in the heart of Sta. Rita Hills. Year in year out, the duo produced wines consistently scored in the mid-90s by EVERY wine publication. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate wrote that they are “continually blown away by what Melville Winery puts in a bottle”. Wine & Spirits Magazine has included them on their list of Top 100 wineries… in the World!
Now with Ron’s son Chad at the helm, the winery is reaching even more dazzling heights. The 2018 Melville Pinot is the latest in a parade of absolute stunners from the winery.
From 100% estate fruit, the 2018 Melville Estate Pinot Noir is a worthy contender for the best example of the decade off this pristine property. Harvested at just 1.5 tons per acre, the concentration and complexity of flavors is nothing short of amazing.
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94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Starting with the 2018 Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills, which comes from vines around the estate and saw 40% stems, it reveals a medium ruby hue as well as a great bouquet of ripe cherry and raspberry fruits intermixed with beautiful violet and floral notes. Showing the purity and elegance of the vintage, it’s medium-bodied and has a silky texture, no hard edges, and a great finish. As usual, it’s a screaming value.
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