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  • Melville 2015 Estate Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
    International Wine Report
    Rating: 92 (11/1/2018)

    The 2015 Estate Pinot Noir begins with inviting aromas of wet stones, mulberry and candied red cherry. The palate is plush, rich and layered, showing wonderful salinity. Flavors of black cherry, guava puree and blood orange are underlined by earthy undertones which continie to impress. This is a fantastic Pinot Noir by the talented Chad Melville which should drink beautifully over the course of the next decade.
  • Melville 2016 Estate Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (9/1/2018)

    The 2016 Syrah Estate (Sta. Rita Hills) is fresh, nuanced and distinctive. There is an element of freshness and vivacity to the 2016 that is incredibly appealing. Blueberry, lavender, violet, spice and mint notes are nicely lifted in this precise, strikingly beautiful Syrah from Melville. The 40% whole clusters are felt, but also nicely integrated within the wine's fabric.
  • Melville 2016 Estate Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills
    Decanter
    Rating: 92 (9/9/2019)

    Not an oaky wine - the barrels are old - but a distinctly woody, spicy one from the 40% whole-bunch component. Cinnamon, mace, white pepper, woody herbs like rosemary. Plenty of juicy blue fruits, not too full-bodied, all hemmed in by piercing acidity. A long herbal finish. An intense, powerful, expressive wine, but the stemminess might be too pungent for some.
  • Melville 2015 Estate Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (9/15/2017)

    The 2015 Pinot Noir Estate (Sta. Rita Hills) is laced with sweet floral notes and bright, red-toned fruit. Delicate and medium in body, and made in a decidedly gracious, open-knit style, it is a good choice for drinking now and over the next few years.
  • Melville 2016 Estate Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills
    Vinous
    Rating: 92 (9/15/2019)

    The 2016 Chardonnay Estate (Sta. Rita Hills) is a gorgeous wine built on freshness and cut. Expressive floral notes add shades of nuance to this super-expressive, complex Chardonnay from Melville. The 2016 is the first vintage made by Chad Melville, and it shows a preference towards a less reductive style that characterized the wines during Greg Brewer's tenure.