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Melville-Pinot Noir-"Estate-Terraces" Santa Rita Hills-2013

Pinot Noir
"Estate-Terraces" Santa Rita Hills


Hard-working vines grow in clay-rich loam and calcareous shale on terraced hillsides, exposed to strong winds. 2.5 tons/acre, tiny clusters are fermented 50% whole cluster. Aged entirely in neutral French oak. Last tasted February 2016…tightly wound and intense. Firm on the palate, showing griotte, red currant, balsa, black tea and tarragon smells and flavors. Slow evolution. One of the most age-worthy Cal Pinots we’ve tried. 557 cases made.

"Still slightly closed, with a focused, streamlined feel on the palate, the 2013 Pinot Noir Terraces offers a pretty and lively bouquet of sweet berry fruits, spring flowers, mint and sappy herbs. Medium-bodied, elegant and pretty, with a core of sweet fruit, it never really expands on the palate, but finished with superb length. Reminding me of a Solomon Hills release given its vibrant fruit profile, it certainly gives up plenty of pleasure, but it will benefit from a year or so in the cellar."  Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate, August 2015

Winery Notes: The three undulating slopes of Terraces cascading down from Block M have always intrigued us
and it has been such a privilege to collectively bottle them on their own for the past eleven years.  4.9 acres in total, Terraces is planted on clay - rich loam and calcareous shale soils.  The Terraces sections wrap 120 degrees around Block M, lying completely exposed to the elements and facing severe wind pressure, several different sun exposures, and challenging drainage issues.  It is planted to five different clones of Pinot Noir: Swan, Mount Eden, 115, 667 and 777, making for a unique combination of older California field selections and newer Dijonnaise clonal material.  50% of the fruit was gently de-stemmed with 50% remaining as whole clusters.  557 cases produced.  Yields were 2.9 pounds per vine (2.5 tons per acre).


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