2008 Melville - Pinot Noir Estate Verna's 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

($24) Vivid ruby-red. Pungent aromas of redcurrant and cherry, with a smoky underbrush quality that gains strength with air. Juicy red fruit flavors are given spine by zingy acidity and pick up a spicy quality on the back half. Nervy and precise, with good finishing clarity and musky persistence.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 153

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


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Author: Andre L593
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/05/2010
Absolutely delicious! Great, plush texture, juicy fruit, fine tannins and deep, penetrating. Outstanding value at this price point. I drink this wine every year and it just gets better and better every year.

Average rating: 91, based on 2 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

134 bottles owned by 63 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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