($55) Moderately saturated bright red. Captivating nose offers spices, herbs, pepper and rose petal. Juicy, penetrating and pure on the palate, with the red cherry fruit lifted by a lively floral component and framed by bright, well-integrated acidity. Not a fleshy or fat style; in fact, still a bit youthfully aggressive. But this is intenselyflavored and vibrant.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2005
Wine Spectator | Rating: 88
Complex and balanced, with a nice mix of fresh earth, blueberry, anise, sage and dusty blackberry. A dash of spiciness on the finish gives it yet another flavor dimension. Tannins are mild.
Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
The deep ruby-hued, slightly herbaceous, but luscious 2003 Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard boasts sweet black cherry, dried herb, earth, and underbrush characteristics. This medium-bodied, pure, well-structured, moderately tannic Pinot should age nicely for 4-5 years.