2008 Melville - Pinot Noir Estate 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Advocate | Rating: 91

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.

Drink Dates: 2010-2016
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 190

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($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.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 153

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 91
Author: Bocawine
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/24/2011

Rating: 90
Author: rcmeredith
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.

Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

187 bottles owned by 82 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.

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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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