Rusty red cherry, wild mint, turned earth and rainbow peppercorns show on the lovely nose of this bottling by Chad Melville from his family’s property. The palate is extremely fresh and vibrant, with Bing cherry and plump hibiscus flavors at the core, dazzled by white pepper and olive tapenade on the fringes.
Terrific notes of red currants, underbrush/forest floor, and some savory, gamy notes emerge from the 2016 Pinot Noir Anna’s, which is from clones 667 and 114. It’s another wine that shines for its silky texture yet packs ample mid-palate depth as well as building structure and tannin. It’s going to evolve beautifully for 10-15 years.
From vines planted in 2006, the 2016 Pinot Noir Anna’s Block offers up aromas of cherry preserve, red berries, dried herbs and some whole-cluster spice on the upper register. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, supple and savory with a dry, saline and definitely stem-influenced finish. I’d give this a year or two in bottle to round out.