2003 Melville - Pinot Noir Clone 115 Indigene Estate 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Wine Advocate | Rating: 89

Sweet red and black currants intermixed with cherries, strawberries, and rose petals are present in the medium-bodied, ripe, slightly austere and tart 2003 Pinot Noir Clone 115 Indigene. There is an underlying earthy/underbrush component as well as moderate tannin in the finish. This cuvee may not possess the stuffing needed to support the structure, but it is already tasty, and should evolve for 5-6 years.

Drink Dates: 2005-2011
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 160

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Burghound | Rating: 88

(from Santa Rita Hills fruit fermented on indigenous yeasts and hence the name; bottled at 15.3% alcohol - 98 cases made, $40) The very ripe fruit is sexy, spicy and expressive with a touch of alcohol that is followed by rich, warm, sweet and beautifully intense medium full flavors that offer plenty of concentration, buried structure and fine length. There is some finishing warmth but less than one would expect given the significant alcohol this effort is carrying.

Drink Dates: 2007+
Issue: Issue 19

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 88

($40; 15.3% alcohol, vs. 14.5% for the Estate) Dullish red. Smoke and framboise on the slightly roasted nose. Then fatter and sweeter in the mouth, with earthy soil tones to go with the raspberry. Not especially fruity.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 121

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Wine Spectator | Rating: 88

A smooth entry that's rich and polished, with a pretty array of cola, berry, nutmeg and espresso bean. Keeps a solid focus. Ends with a spicy rhubarb edge. Drink now through 2008. 98 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2008
Author: James Laube

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Author: ObleyM
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 02/20/2010
Drink Dates:
over ripe!

Average rating: 88, based on 5 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

50 bottles owned by 23 collectors.

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About This Producer

In 1996 Melville Vineyards made the bold move from Knights Valley to the Santa Rita Hills appellation, where Ron Melville and his sons set up the estate property with a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Santa Rita microclimate, with its coastal winds and fog, provided the Melvilles the perfect locale for their 139 planted acres of Pinot, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Viognier. Winemaker Greg Brewer, of Brewer-Clifton fame, oversees production at Melville.

Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir

Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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