Melville Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Terraces 2002
From the west side of our estate, Terraces lies completely exposed to the elements facing severe wind pressure with exposures of south-west, west and north. This 2.8 acre block is planted on clay loam and limestone soils, where three sections rise up wrapping 120° around the Carrie’s block. Five clones: Swan, Mount Eden, 115, 667 and 777 form a unique combination of old and new clones. The site’s soils, elevations, expositions and clonal diversity and clonal diversity run thematically through this wine providing a multitude of expressions. Yields were slight at 1.3 lbs / vine (1.18 tons / acre). 20% stem inclusion. It is a robust and complex wine on the nose, with aromas ranging from red and blue fruits to bacon fat, sweet cinnamon spice and anise. A similar harmony is maintained on the palate where the firm texture is corralled by the rich, velour-like sweet fruit characteristics finishing long and deep.
Welcome to Melville Vineyards and Winery! Come by our tasting room and sample our current Estate Line and Small Lot Collection releases. Our Mediterranean-style Winery is located in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation in Lompoc, California, in Western Santa Ynez Valley. For group tours, please call for a reservation. We look forward to meeting you!
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