Mr. Dunnuck loves this Melville Estate Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir, and we love Mr. Dunnuck. Ergo, we’re pretty crazy about this California Pinot. He calls it silky (among other things) and a screaming value; what’s not to love about that?? We’re picturing us, glasses, grilled salmon or piquant, meaty tapas, balsamic roast chicken, or a smoked Gouda and some crusty French bread, with a couple of bottles of this delicious Melville. What are you picturing?Wine Enthusiast: “Fresh and open aromas of strawberry sorbet, pomegranate and plum draw the nose into this bottling, but it’s the black-tea and dewy pine-needle aspects that hold the attention. Tremendous energy bursts forth on the sip, full of incense and forest herbs that bolster the delicious wild, just-plucked cherry and other red-fruit flavors” Jul 2021 Jeb Dunnuck : ” The base appellation release from this estate always seems to deliver the goods and the 2019 Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills is no exception. Bright Rainier Cherry, sea salt, white flowers, and spice all define the bouquet, and it hits the palate with medium-bodied richness, a silky, elegant texture, soft tannins, and just a wonderful finish. I’d happily drink a bottle.” Aug 2021Winery: “Rich magenta in color, lively and vivid aromatics of fresh cranberry, lychee fruit, cherry pie filling and orange oil spring from the glass. In the background, floral notes of honeysuckle and apple blossom weave alongside spicy, herbal impressions of dried black tea leaf, bramble and cardamom. The mouthfeel is polished initially, with juicy acidity and focused tannins on the finish that add gorgeous weight and complexity.”Bottle750ml, corkVarietal100% Estate Pinot NoirAlcohol13.9%RegionSanta Barbara County, Central Coast, California
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