"Estate - Block M" Santa Rita Hills
Block M is an exposed, wind-swept mesa on Melville’s Santa Rita Hills vineyard. Vines grow in botella clay (low nutrient, vines struggle, grapes get strong). 80% whole cluster ferment, neutral oak aged. A “masculine” Pinot Noir that’s as much about mouth feel as flavor. Wild cherry, firm tannins, acidity. Built to last. 2023-‘28 best drinking. 600 cases made.
Block M is a wind swept mesa on our western parcel adjacent to our Terraces block. Sitting atop a sun exposed mesa with several feet of botella clay soil, the extremity of Block M is enhanced by the gravitational pull on three exposed sides forcing the roots to search deeper for sustenance. Block M is made up of equal amounts of clones 114 and 115. The lesser known 114 is lush, velvety and textural with an elegantly pliant internal core, while clone 115 delivers fruit at a higher pitch coupled with a more structurally pronounced personality. The marriage of these complementary components is what renders our Block M bottling so complete. 20% of the fruit was gently destemmed with 80% remaining as whole clusters. Yields were 2.8 pounds/vine (2.5 tons/acre). 609 cases produced.
Tasting Notes: Dark ruby red in color, intoxicating aromatics of nutmeg, grilled beef fat, fig and
cherry cola come through initially. Intense notes of ripe persimmon, salt caramel, raw sugar cane and
tamarind weave alongside floral components of pink jasmine and magnolia. The wine boasts not only
tremendous weight and drive but also excellent clarity and precision.