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2016 Melville Indigene Pinot Noir

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March 26, 2023 - $32



96Wine Enthusiast

Bright and buoyant aromas of bursting pomegranate, cranberry, lavender and cinnamon lead into a palate of tart cherry, hibiscus and lemon rind, with thyme and sage dusted throughout.

93Jeb Dunnuck

...big, exuberant bouquet of black cherries, mulberries, forest floor, leafy herbs, and a distinct salinity. Incredibly silky and elegant on the palate...finesse-driven style...

92Vinous / IWC

...gorgeous. Fresh, aromatic and lifted, the Indigène is endowed with tremendous fruit purity and nuance. Red berry fruit, floral aromatics and silky tannins give this mid-weight Pinot undeniable allure.


United States, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County, Santa Rita Hills

Santa Rita Hills AVA in northern Santa Barbara County was granted appellation status in 2001. Located between the towns of Lompoc and Buellton, it has a total area of 30,720 acres with 2,700 vineyard acres. The area is considered a cool climate for vineyards, so vineyards are most often planted with the cool-weather grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The hills in the western part of this appellation are directly exposed to the Pacific Ocean, meaning that maritime winds and fog make the western edge of the Santa Rita Hills AVA particularly cool. The Sanford & Benedict Vineyard planted in 1971 was the first vineyard in the district and is still considered one of the best.


Red Wine, Pinot Noir

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.