2012 Samsara Pinot Noir Melville VineyardPinot Noir from United States
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"Samsara is a Sanskrit word meaning “the eternal cycle of life.” Husband and wife Chad and Mary Melville started Samsara in 2002 after traveling around the world. Chad farms 3/...
- 95 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 93 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
95 Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"Maybe the best Pinot Noir from Chad to date, the 2012 Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard saw 50% stems and 20 months in 50% new French oak. It is flat-out awesome. Possessing lots of salty minerality in its black raspberry, truffle, autumn leaf and wood-smoke-scented bouquet, this beauty hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a seamless, silky texture and fabulous persistence and flavor intensity that comes through on the finish. While it saw 50% stems, they're nicely integrated and work well with this cuvee."
93 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
"The 2012 Pinot Noir Melville Vineyard is round, sweet and enveloping in style. "Dark red cherry, plum, spice, violet and mint overtones wrap around the palate in a succulent, expressive Pinot that emphasizes texture and voluptuousness. The 50% whole clusters are pretty much buried by the richness of the fruit.
SAMsARA is one of the hidden jewels of the Sta. Rita Hills. Although Chad Melville's family winery is quite established, Melville prefers to make his wines in a tiny warehouse in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. The SAMsARA reds generally see a fair amount of whole clusters along with lengthy cold soaks. Fermentations are spontaneous and the wines spend longer in barrel than is the norm in the area. Minimal racking, an emphasis on neutral oak and a generally minimalist aesthetic informs wines of class and pedigree."
"Samsara is a Sanskrit word meaning “the eternal cycle of life.” Husband and wife Chad and Mary Melville started Samsara in 2002 after traveling around the world. Chad farms 3/4 acre plots of personally-selected rows in various Santa Rita Hills vineyards. His philosophy of clean, pristine, and healthy fruit allows for a non-manipulated winemaking process. Due to the region’s long, unique growing season, this enables Chad to pick ripe stems and seeds allowing whole cluster fermentation, which absorb overt fruitiness. Along with the climate and soil, these diverse, handcrafted wines are a rare combination of full ripeness, concentration, excellent structure, minerality, high acidity, and moderate alcohol levels." -Winery
95 - Jeb Dunnuck - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
93 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
|Taste||ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry and mushroom|
|Nose||barnyard, cherry, plum, game and tomato|