2006 Melville Pinot Noir Terraces
Pinot Noir - 750ML

  • WA 93
  • IWC 92

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WA 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2008
The 2006 Pinot Noir Terraces is deep ruby/purple in color displays lots of red and blue fruits is full-bodied doesn't have the nuances of the 115 or the High Density but is not far behind in character power richness and... The 2006 Pinot Noir Terraces is deep ruby/purple in color displays lots of red and blue fruits is full-bodied doesn't have the nuances of the 115 or the High Density but is not far behind in character power richness and appeal. It should drink nicely for 5-7 years as well.
IWC 92
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, November 2008
Light bright red. Heady aromas of fresh red berries cherry Asian spices and fresh rose with a vibrant undercurrent of minerals; smells like a cross between Chambolle and Vosne. Sweet lively raspberry and cherry flavors... Light bright red. Heady aromas of fresh red berries cherry Asian spices and fresh rose with a vibrant undercurrent of minerals; smells like a cross between Chambolle and Vosne. Sweet lively raspberry and cherry flavors show impressive depth and a late note of tangy blood orange. Impressively elegant and balanced pinot with outstanding finishing clarity and gentle grip.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2006

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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.