1st bottle red:  Melville Winery 2014 Estate Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

For the wine snob:

This 100% Pinot Noir originates from the Melville Winery estate in Sta. Rita Hills, California.  More specifically, it is composed of 16 Pinot Noir clones. These include 667, 777, 828, 113, 114, 115, 459, 943, 2A, 9, 16, Pommard, Calera, Mount Eden, Swan, and Merry Edwards.  Fermentation is a combination of whole cluster (40%) and destemming (60%) into open top fermenters. Following a 30 day skin and stem soak, fermentation, and maceration, the wine is transferred into 10+ year old neutral French oak.  

 

For the rest of us:

This is Melville’s largest produced Pinot Noir.  To call it “entry level” would not do this wine justice.  If you enjoy Pinot Noir, you need to keep a case of this wine on hand.  Cedar and Cinnamon flavors persist with notes of strawberry and black cherries.  Perfectly smooth and delicate. You will enjoy just taking in the nose and it only gets better from there.  This wine is best served will all kinds of food. Try it with your favorite pizza and enjoy with friends.


1st bottle white:  2015 Estate Chardonnay Sta. Rita Hills

 

For the wine snob:

This 100% Chardonnay originates from the Santa Rita Hills Melville Estate in California.  More specifically, it is comprised of a combination of clones 4, 76, 95, Mount Eden, Hanzell, Hudson, Wente, and Melville.  Grapes are whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented in neutral French Oak.

 

For the rest of us:

This medium bodied Chardonnay has a complex profile that dances between fruit notes and vanilla roasted marshmallows.  You will get a sense of woody oak with a smooth and delicate finish. This wine is best served with mild cheeses such as brie or fontina.  Let this wine express itself and enjoy with friends!


2nd bottle red:  Melville 2016 Estate Syrah Sta Rita Hills

For the wine snob:

This 100% Syrah originates from the Sta. Rita Hills estate of the Melville Winery in Sta. Rita Hills, California.  More specifically, it is comprised of four different Syrah clones including Estrella, Clone 99, 303, and 470). Fruit is both de-stemmed (60%) and whole cluster (40%) fermented. Following a 35 day skin and stem soak, fermentation, and extended maceration, the wine is transferred into 20 year old neutral French oak.   

 

For the rest of us:

Holy fruit bomb with layers of complexity!  You will get a fruit explosion of mulberry and blackberry with this wine.  Hold on, it doesn’t stop there. Focus deeper, and you will get complex notes of prosciutto and mushrooms.  This wine is a people pleaser. Everyone will enjoy it! This wine is best served with your favorite barbecue dish and good friends.


2nd bottle white:  Taft Street Sauvignon Blanc 2017

 

For the wine snob:

This 100% Sauvignon Blanc originates from Sonoma County, California.  More specifically, it is harvested and produced in the Russian River Valley.  Owners and winemakers John Tierney and Mike Martini founded Taft Street Winery on April Fool’s Day, 1982.  Their philosophy for wine making centers around making wine that is affordable and to always have fun. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel.    

 

For the rest of us:

This is an affordable delight that everyone will enjoy.  Your experience starts with the nose. You will pick up a hint of maracuyá and a touch of grapefruit.  This wine is super light in body, crisp, with a clean finish of lemon zest. This wine is best served with light fare or no food at all with good friends.


1st bottle reserve red:  Melville 2016 Estate Pinot Noir Sandy’s

For the wine snob:

This 100% Pinot Noir originates from the Sandy’s block of the Melville Winery Estate in Sta. Rita Hills, California.  More specifically, it is comprised of four selections including clone 37, 459, 114 and Calera (Clone 90). It is named after Ron Melville’s sister in the east vineyard known to be particularly sandy. Following a 30 day skin and stem soak, fermentation, and maceration, the wine is transferred into 10+ year old neutral French oak.      

For the rest of us:

The Sandy’s represents one of two high end selections of Pinot Noir from Melville.  It is every bit as good as the entry level Pinot Noir with that “extra” kick of intensity.  You will get an amazing assortment of flavors such as cigar box, candied cranberries, and apple cider.  The mouthfeel is luscious with a velvety texture throughout. This wine is best served with either fish or red meat.  Try it with skirt steak and pomme frites and good friends.


1st bottle reserve white:  2017 Estate Chardonnay Clone 76 Inox

 

For the wine snob:

This 100% Chardonnay originates from the westside vineyard of the Melville Estate in Sta. Rita Hills, California.  More specifically this is the Clone 76 specifically selected in Burgundy for its early ripening and success in cold climates.  The name Inox is a French term that means “stainless steel.” Thus, fermentation takes place in stainless steel over the course of three months at a temperature of 45 degrees fahrenheit.

 

For the rest of us:

The Inox represents Melville’s high end Chardonnay that does not disappoint.  This unoaked wine is free to express a multitude of fruit flavors. You will get a burst of tropical fruits on the nose and your palate.  These include kiwi, honeydew melon, and lime just to name a few. Your grandma may not be able to handle this wine but the rest of us will love it.  This wine is best served with lemon shrimp risotto and your next gathering of family and friends.


2nd bottle reserve red:  Melville 2016 Estate Pinot Noir Block M

 

For the wine snob:

This 100% Pinot Noir originates from the Block M part of the Melville Estate in Sta. Rita Hills, California.  More specifically, it is from the west side of the estate adjacent to their Terraces block. This wine benefits from great sun exposure with several feet of botella clay soil.  It contains selections of clones 114, which is lush and velvety, and 115, which offers pronounced fruit notes. Fruit is both de-stemmed (30%) and whole cluster (70%) fermented.   

 

For the rest of us:

The Block M represents the second high end selection of Pinot Noir from Melville.  You can debate with your friends. Which is better, Sandy’s or Block M? You will have to decide for yourself because they are both amazing.  The Block M has notes of raspberry, plum, black pepper, and blueberry compote. The decisive characteristic of this wine is its balance of both power and sophistication.  This wine is best served with a proper cut of beef prepared to your liking with good friends.