2013 Melville Pinot Noir Terraces
Pinot Noir - 750ML
  • WA 94
  • AG 92

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Reg: $59.94

$54.94

In Stock: 1 btls
Ships Immediately

Pre-Arrival: 0 btls
ETA: Pending

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WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2015
94+ 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... 94+ 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
AG 92
Vinous, August 2015
Sweet tobacco, cedar, spice and brambly red berries are laced together in the 2013 Pinot Noir Terraces, a blend of five different clones on three windswept parcels that lead up to Block M. Blood orange and citrus notes... Sweet tobacco, cedar, spice and brambly red berries are laced together in the 2013 Pinot Noir Terraces, a blend of five different clones on three windswept parcels that lead up to Block M. Blood orange and citrus notes add brightness through to the delicate, understated finish.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Pinot Noir
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Vintage 2013

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.