"The 2014 Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills) is absolutely delicious. Crushed rose petals and bright red stone fruits abound. Sweet, perfumed and light on its feet, the 2014 retains gorgeous acidity to balance the richness of the fruit. This is an absolutely joyous Pinot from Melville with tons of Sta. Rita Hills flamboyance. The 2014 is a blend of sixteen different Pinot clones done with 40% whole clusters and aged in neutral oak. Picks ranged from mid August to late September. This is a very nice appellation-level Pinot." –Sep-16
"Spice box, wild herbs, black currants and black cherry notes all emerge from this nicely fruited, plump, mouth-filling 2014 Pinot Noir Estate, which has present tannin and a solid finish. Mostly destemmed and aged 11 months in neutral barrels, it's a good value and will drink well for 4-5 years."
100% Melville fruit from the Sta. Rita Hills estate and is a collection of 16 Pinot Noir clones.
40% of the fruit is fermented as whole-clusters with 60% gently de-stemmed in small (1.5 ton) open-top fermenters. Total skin and stem contact averages 30 days (7-day cold soak, 2 + weeks of fermentation and 1 + week extended maceration). From the press, the wine is transferred directly into neutral barrel (10+ year old French oak), where it remains sur lie until June.