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Melville Estate Sandy's Block 2020

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Country/State California

Region Santa Barbara

Subregion Sta. Rita Hills


Type Pinot Noir

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Winemaker notes:

"Vibrant crimson, Sandy’s unfolds aromatic layers of rose petal, dried violet, incense resin and pink peppercorns. On the palate, concentrated red fruits like fresh Bing cherry, Japanese red plums and cranberry relish are lifted by elegant and showy rosewater, coriander seeds and ground clove. A pretty and perfumed front palate ends with mouth-coating acidity and a velvety dusting of dark cocoa bean powder."

Critical acclaim:

"95 points. Vinified with 50% whole clusters, the 2020 Pinot Noir Sandy's Block is notably detailed and pure. Medium ruby, it has a deep core of cranberry, pomegranate and raspberry with touches of pepper, mossy bark and blood orange. The medium-bodied palate offers concentrated fruits, a pleasing, chalky frame and bursts of mouthwatering acidity that highlight bitters and earth accents on the long, detailed finish. Best After 2022." - Wine Advocate