Melville Anna's Block Pinot Noir 2018
|Region||California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills|
Candied Bing cherry aromas meet with savory stemmy aromas of damp underbrush, forest floor and cannabis-like funk. The palate is complex with blistered cherry tomato, slivered strawberry, minty tarragon and bay leaf flavors.
The 2018 Pinot Noir Anna's Block was two-thirds destemmed and has a brighter, crisp feel in its raspberry and wild strawberry fruits as well as spicy, herbal notes. Medium-bodied, fresh, and focused on the palate, with present acidity and tannins, it's going to benefit from a year or two of bottle age and keep for over a decade as well. It's a beautiful wine.
Made with about 70% whole cluster, the 2018 Pinot Noir Anna's Block has a medium ruby color and delicate perfume of red and black berries with notes of dried flowers, nori and citrus peel. The palate has a singular contrast of broody character and bright, lifted freshness, finely grained and with a long, citrusy finish. 575 cases produced.
The 2018 Pinot Noir Anna's Block is one of the more reserved wines in the range today. Bright acids and veins of tannin are going to need a bit of time in bottle to integrate fully. Wines from this block rich in loam are often more forthcoming, but the 2018 needs time, which is likely a good thing for its long-term prospects.