94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Tangy aromas of raspberry and rose petal meet with dried sage and tarragon on the nose of this block-designated bottling. Brisk raspberry flavors are lifted by bay leaf and eucalyptus sap on the zesty palate. Alcohol 14.1%. (Oct 2020)"
93 points Erin Brooks (Wine Advocate): "The 2018 Pinot Noir Sandy's has a medium ruby color and broody aromas of crushed blueberries, black cherries, dried violets and bergamot. The palate is medium-bodied with bright juiciness and Goldilocks ripeness, finishing long on a potpourri note. 675 cases produced. Drink: 2020-2026. (Oct 2020)"
93 points Antonio Galloni (Vinous): "Melville's 2018 Pinot Noir Sandy's Block is delicate and airy in the glass. Sweet red cherry, mint, dried rose petal and a good bit of whole cluster savoriness all give this silky, delicate Pinot so much character and stylishness. The Sandy's (named after Ron Melville's sister) also happens to be planted on pure sand, which, along with the whole clusters, really brings out the wine's aromatics. Drink: 2020-2030. (Aug 2020)"
93 points Wine & Spirits: "From a sandy site planted to four clones, this is macerated for 30 days, with half the fruit in whole bunches, then aged in neutral barrels. It smells like a spice box, clove, bergamot and violet scents girding dark strawberry fruit. The flavors are tart and transparent, the wine energetic and savory. For a smoked chicken. 675 cases. (Oct 2020)"
|Appellation||Sta. Rita Hills|