International Wine Cellar
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 153
($30) Bright ruby. Sexy, smoky aromas of red fruits, baking spices and musky herbs. Spicy and concentrated, with an enticing sweetness and good stuffing to its red and dark berry flavors. Dense and expressive but lively, with very good finishing clarity and lingering spiciness.
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Author: Robert Parker
The biggest production item at Melville is the 2008 Pinot Noir Estate (5,525 cases). Readers looking for a top-notch Pinot Noir at a realistic price should check this wine out. Terrific raspberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with some boysenberry and underbrush notes jump from the glass of this deep ruby/purple-tinged wine. Medium to full-bodied, it is seriously packed with silky tannins and good vibrancy and delineation. This is an impressive wine made for those loving more of the black raspberry/boysenberry character of Pinot.
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 11/24/2011
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 07/11/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2011
Beautiful ripe, saturated fruit on the palate. Alcohol and wood are just slightly out of balance, but food seems to tame them adequately. Consume within the next 18 months.
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