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This is 100% Melville fruit from our Sta. Rita Hills estate, and
is a collection of 16 pinot noir clones. 40% of the fruit was
fermented as whole-clusters with 60% gently de-stemmed in small
(1.5 ton) open-top fermenters. Total skin and stem contact averaged
30 days (7 day cold soak, 2 + weeks of fermentation and 1 + week
extended maceration). From the press, the wine was transferred
directly into neutral barrel (10+ year old French oak), where it
remained sur lie without sulfur until June, when it was gently
racked for the first time and prepared for bottling in August.
Yields were 3.5 lbs/vine (3.2 tons/acre).
Vinous: 91 points – Antonio Galloni
Parker: 90 points – Jeb Dunnuck
Tasting Notes: Brilliant ruby in color, vivid aromatics of
red currants, cedar and cinnamon stick spring from the glass. On
the palate, delicate and lifted floral notes of crushed rose petal
and hibiscus are anchored by more tender impressions of strawberry
gelatin, tangerine oil, black cherry compote and baked red apples.
The mouthfeel is focused and vibrant, possessing a gorgeous mineral
component along with lively acidity that augment the wine’s
generous and cohesive finish.
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