Melville

Sandy's Block Pinot Noir

2020
Santa Barbara
Central Coast
California
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MEL-vil SAND-ees BLOCK PEE-no NWAR
Varietal
Pinot Noir
$74
Flavors & Quality
Black Cherry Black Cherry
Cola Cola
Fresh Wild Herbs Fresh Wild Herbs
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COLOR
BODY
TANNIN
ACIDITY
SWEET
ALCOH.
13.3%
GRAPE(S)
Pinot Noir
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Why this wine made the cut…
Tightly wound yet elegant. Some patience will be greatly rewarded
Santa Rita Hills, California
GRAPE VARIETAL(S)
Pinot Noir
100% Pee-NO NWAR
Pinot Noir is arguably the most revered grape variety in the world with origins in Burgundy, France where the best expressions can still be found. Pinot Noir is not only a tough grape to grow, it also shows miniscule differences in terroir arguably more than any other grape variety. Stylistically, it is generally higher in acid and lower in tannin but can vary depending on the location, and winemaking technique. It is very versatile with food, and shows a range of flavor from red and black fruit, floral, spice, earth, and mineral qualities.
Country / State
California
Region
Central Coast
Sub Region
Santa Barbara
Producer
Melville
Winemaker(s)
Chad Melville
Vintage
2020
Melville's VineyardsMelville's Vineyards

Melville Estate

Santa Rita Hills, California

Melville is a family-run winery that moved from Sonoma to the Santa Ynez valley in 1996 with the goal of making cool-climate pinot noir, chardonnay, and syrah. They were an early believer in the area’s promise, seeing the opportunity in this special terroir. 

Chad Melville in the VineyardChad Melville in the Vineyard
Melville VineyardsMelville Vineyards

The estate consists of 120 acres of vineyards in the western Santa Rita Hills, ten miles from the ocean. The vineyards benefit from morning and afternoon fog, afternoon breezes, and cool evenings that prolong the growing season and intensity of flavor in the grapes. 

The low-yielding and high-density vines are vinified in small lots to retain their site-specific character before blending. The wines display great fruit intensity and structure, achieving balance with wonderful energy and persistence.