2005 Melville Pinot Noir Terraces
Pinot Noir - 750ML

  • WA 91
  • WS 90

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WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2007
Displaying cool climate notes of underbrush menthol blueberries and raspberries the 2005 Pinot Noir Terraces possesses good acidity medium to full body and beautiful richness. It is one of the most complex of these Pinots... Displaying cool climate notes of underbrush menthol blueberries and raspberries the 2005 Pinot Noir Terraces possesses good acidity medium to full body and beautiful richness. It is one of the most complex of these Pinots and should drink nicely for a decade. Tel. (805) 235-7030
WS 90
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2007
Complex aromas of ripe blueberry mineral fresh earth and boysenberry are tight and focused finishing with good density and concentration. The tannins have a slight stemmy edge. Drink now through 2011. 818 cases made... Complex aromas of ripe blueberry mineral fresh earth and boysenberry are tight and focused finishing with good density and concentration. The tannins have a slight stemmy edge. Drink now through 2011. 818 cases made. –JL
Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2005

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From the west side of Melville estate, the three undulating slopes of Terraces cascade down from Block M and lie completely exposed to the elements. 4.9 acres in total, Terraces is planted on clay-rich loam and calcareous shale soils. The three sections wrap 120 degrees around Block M, 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. 60% of the fruit is gently de-stemmed with 40% remaining as whole clusters.

Winery

Melville

In 1996, founder Ron Melville's desire to grow cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah brought him to the Sta. Rita Hills where he established his winery, situated amongst the beautiful rolling hills where the grapes are grown exclusively in their three estate vineyards.

Melville currently has 120 acres under vine. The soil is mostly Lompoc dune sand, interspersed with clay loam and shallow hard pans of Monterey shale. The estate currently has 16 clones of Pinot Noir, 9 clones of Syrah, and 6 clones of Chardonnay - all on a variety of low-vigor rootstocks. All blocks are fermented in small lots and isolated through their entire period of elevage, which provides Melville’s team with an ongoing exhibition of how they can fine tune vineyard practices in order to achieve the most unmanipulated and site-specific wines possible.

Melville “grows their flavors,” using no new oak and adding only yeast.