Three from Melville, Santa Barbara County, California


Tried these three from Melville, in Sta Rita Hills (It’s no longer allowed to be Santa Rita Hills on the label, because of a complaint by a well known Chilean brand). Ron Melville was one of the first winegrowers in the region and farms 120 acres here.

Melville Estate Chardonnay 2014 Sta Rita Hills, California
14% alcohol. Quite full coloured. This is rich, generous and peachy with some broad pear fruit with some fresh lemony notes adding a foil. Bold and full flavoured, this is pretty Californian in style but not over the top. 89/100

Melville Estate Pinot Noir 2014 Sta Rita Hills, California
14% alcohol. 40% whole bunch. This is fresh, supple and floral with sweet cherry and raspberry fruit. There’s some nice grainy, spicy structure here and appealing fine herbal notes. Lots of detail and some freshness, alongside some sweet fruit. Fresh, light-bodied and supple, with fine green notes in the background. 92/100

Melville Estate Syrah 2015 Sta Rita Hills, California
13.6% alcohol. Supple and fresh with meat and clove notes. Very distinctive with slightly murky flavours of mint, meat, medicine and fine peppery spiciness. I admire this wine but it need time to open out. Juicy and a bit spicy with clove and herb characters as well as sweet fruit. 88/100

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