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!
With Ron’s son Chad the head of winemaking, Melville’s winery has reached never before seen heights. In the six years he’s made the Estate Pinot Noir, its managed to garner 94 pts or more in five of those vintages – spanning a few different critics. His newly released 2021 Melville Pinot is the latest in a parade of winners, earning a big score from Parker’s Wine Advocate. Chad carefully selects micro-lots of some of their most famous single-vineyards – to blend into a harmonious whole even greater than the sum of the parts. Bright cherry and raspberry notes with good minerality and a smooth and crisp finish. Textbook cool-climate Pinot Noir.
94 Points, Parker’s 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.