2010 Melville Pinot Noir Terraces
Pinot Noir - 750ML

  • IWC 93

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IWC 93
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, November 2012
Dark red. High-pitched red berry floral and spice aromas show a wild faintly medicinal character. Juicy and focused offering concentrated strawberry bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors and notes of cinnamon star... Dark red. High-pitched red berry floral and spice aromas show a wild faintly medicinal character. Juicy and focused offering concentrated strawberry bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors and notes of cinnamon star anise and rhubarb. Finishes chewy and focused leaving Asian spice and cherry notes behind.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2010

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.