90 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2008
($42) Deep red. Spicy raspberry, cherry and darker berries on the nose, plus a lashing of potpourri. Energetic red fruit flavors are extremely spicy (Melville ferments all his pinots with 40% of the stems), with bracing minerality on the back end. Clean, focused and penetrating, showing excellent finishing sweetness and length. These are young vines, planted in 1999 and 2000.
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