Grapelive Daily Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2008 Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir “Melville” Sta. Rita Hills.
The Melville 2008 Pinot is the fullest and most intense of the Brewer-Clifton line up and feels like the youngest with a firm structure and more tannins, though it should soften and round out nicely. I am very sure this is a Pinot to get and watch for over the next couple of years, as it should develop lots more layers and complexities. That said, most of you that have had the Melville will love it, and love it now! Bold, intense, young and layered with black and dark fruit all through, rich palate, great depth, plum, cherry, currant, black fig, firm structure, but very long on the finish. Wind swept site planted to 114 and 115 clones, long hang-time adds complexities and the wine seems darker in color.
($57 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive