14.3% alc/vol. Ruby to dark red, moderate pigment extraction, very good clarity. Cherry, weedy greens and barrel wood aromas on nose. Cherry flavor with length, some seed bitterness on finish with leather and cherry pulp fruitiness. Aftertaste of cherry stone. Moderate skin and barrel tannin astringency after 30 minutes. Could use some decanting. Mint, blueberry and black currant flavors emerge after 60 minutes. Solid fruit expression for variety, shows well for Cali cool climate vineyard location in Templeton Gap. Perhaps more barrel character than some might prefer; not my usual style for the varietal but good fruit at its core, and well crafted overall. Castoro reds can be tannin-forward, and this Pinot noir is no exception. The natural question is: can you dig it when a Pinot noir is made this way? I love the challenge, but do you have the patience to age or decant this wine long enough to show all it can be? — 7 days ago
This needs time to breathe as alcohol volume is high and was at first very acidic in mouth. Once it’s decanted, cooled for 90 minutes it relaxed. Opening with intense Maraschino Cherry flavour, a hint of pencil lead hyphenated the heat of menthol and welcomes a strawberry finish still heated by eucalyptus that fills both nose and mouth.
Acidity reduced to underlying saline in the background and thickness in mouth
The menthol is a bit overpowering for Turkey dinner.🍷 — a day ago
Tried a Sample and bought a bottle. In 1989, Melville Vineyards, was founded in Sonoma, where Ron Melville grew high quality, Chard, Merlot, and Cab Sauv. In 1996, Ron's desire to grow Pinot Noir brought Melville Vineyards to Lompoc's Sta. Rita Hills, in Santa Barbara County. Ruby with aromas of sweet red fruits and vivid spice. Flavors of raspberry and strawberry, currant like, adding cinnamon and leathery notes. Fine tannins, lingering ending with nice mouthfeel bringing back fruit and subtle spice. Nice! — 2 days ago
Damn. So killer ass Pinot. Rose pedals and lavender fields on a summers days. Rich mouthfeel and integrated tannins with luscious raspberries and macerated cherries on the palate. Long finish. One great Pinot that you would expect from Williams-Salem. — 19 days ago
Very enjoyable and in a good spot. I found this to be slightly stemmy and herbal, but plenty of gummy fruit to it. Small whole cluster usage? Spicy too...sweet rhubarb tart with blackberry spice. There is a fleshy profile to this showing soft red plum and mulberries. Acidity is holding strong. This is likely at peak...enjoy! — 6 days ago