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2009 Melville Vineyards and Winery Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - December 2009

Deep, bright red.  Sexy, open-knit raspberry and floral scents, complicated by subtle anise and allspice nuances.  Suave, silky and bright, with energetic raspberry and cherry flavors lifted by tangy acidity.  Very suave pinot with no rough edges.  Fills out with air and shows excellent clarity on the long, intensely perfumed finish. 

91 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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by Collins12143958
beautful from beginning to end
by Brown12166465
1st Tasted December 17, 2011 (4:42PM) right out of the glass at cellar temp; delicious honeyed apple/orange with touch of spice; descr is pretty good; wonderful the next day out of the fridge; seems as good or better than Ojai Clos Pepe
by GMC
I give it a 5 since it is extremely difficult to find a pinot noir of this quality for under $50.
Nice buy
by Silverwood14176396
Smooth tasting with a little spice on the edge, solid finish. I am really getting into Pinot lately and this is a very good value. Kept well and tasted even better a few days later.
Better than most Pinots
by Heffernan14008650
The Melville was better than most of the Pinots we have gotten through WA. Not that the others were bad, just that this one had more character and style. Standard CA pinot, well done.


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Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and...
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