2008 Melville Pinot Noir Terraces
Pinot Noir - 750ML

  • WA 94
  • IWC 93

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2010
Two compelling Pinot Noirs include the 2008 Pinot Noir Terraces (14.5% alcohol) which exhibits beautiful forest floor raspberry jam underbrush and subtle earth and a full-bodied round multi-layered mouthfeel. This Pinot... Two compelling Pinot Noirs include the 2008 Pinot Noir Terraces (14.5% alcohol) which exhibits beautiful forest floor raspberry jam underbrush and subtle earth and a full-bodied round multi-layered mouthfeel. This Pinot Noir is in a special place right now and comes from what is considered the best parcel in the Melville Vineyards. There are 435 cases of it. It should drink well for up to a decade.
IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2010
Bright ruby. Sexy aromas of black raspberry minerals licorice and Asian spices along with a high-pitched floral nuance. Tight and precise on entry then sweet and expansive offering pure red and dark berry flavors that are... Bright ruby. Sexy aromas of black raspberry minerals licorice and Asian spices along with a high-pitched floral nuance. Tight and precise on entry then sweet and expansive offering pure red and dark berry flavors that are underscored by zesty minerality. Becomes spicier with air and finishes on notes of cinnamon and star anise. This seductive wine is delicious right now. -Josh Raynolds
JJB 93
Cory Gowan - JJ Buckley, January 2010
Medium red core with a wide pink rim. On the palate this wine is packed with juicy red fruits especially sweet raspberry and strawberry along with rhubarb and baking spices. White pepper chalky earth and the oak come... Medium red core with a wide pink rim. On the palate this wine is packed with juicy red fruits especially sweet raspberry and strawberry along with rhubarb and baking spices. White pepper chalky earth and the oak come through on the ample-bodied palate. Will age gracefully for the next 5 to 7 years. This is the crème de la crème of Central Coast Pinot.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2008

Label

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.