Lovely Rhône style Syrah with great grip and spice. barely midlife — 3 months ago
10.06.18 — 2 years ago
Backstory: Tasted this at the winery and loved it so much that we bought a bottle to take along with us to Mexico. Chad Melville is the owner and winemaker at Samsara. He's also the chief winegrower at Melville Winery.
Winemaking Process: Single vineyard wine with grapes harvested from the Cargasacchi vineyard, which is in the middle aka sweet spot of Santa Rital Hills. 75% whole cluster fermentation with native yeast. 50% in new French oak barrels for 22 months, followed by 12-month ageing in the bottle. Unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Colour is ruby red with some clarity, no sediment. On the nose, it has blue fruit, cherry, cassis, cigar, asphalt, lambskin leather and pronounced earthy notes. On the palate, it is medium-bodied with full, mouth-filling texture. Red fruit notes appear first, and then the taste turns into an earthy, allspice notes, and finishes off with something so bright and refreshing that reminds us of orange peel. The tannins are soft. End palate is long, around 10 seconds, marked by minerality and cherry. I love this wine because unlike many Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara, it isn't over extracted and not too sweet (like fruit pastille). There's a fleeting burst of sweet red fruit flavour on the mid palate and the flavour quickly transits to earthy notes and tannins. It's a more earthy Pinot Noir but yet still elegant and ready to be consumed. At $55, I think it's well worth the price. — 4 years ago
2013 Cargasacchi PN. So delicious. fruity and spicy and aromatic. Carries its 14.4 as light as a feather. — 5 months ago
Impressive; ripe, manly. Marius, being you're my only follower: salut, how are you? — 4 years ago
Still in beautiful shape. Juicy with nice stem tannins and balanced. Yum. — 7 months ago
Damn nice. Fruity but dry, tart, cranberry/dark cherry/lemon etc, very rich but also balanced. Great Cali Pinot. — 2 years ago
Fricking amazing with double cut lamb chops for our anniversary dinner — 4 years ago
Slightly fizzy on entry, followed by mellow bramble fruit and a massive hit of liquorice, absolutely delightful — 5 years ago