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Melville Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills Terraces Small Lot Collection 2003

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From the west side of our estate, Terraces lies completely exposed to the elements facing brutal winds with aspects facing south-west, west and north. Planted on clay loam and limestone soils, 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. This site’s soils, elevation, exposition and clonal diversity run thematically through this wine providing low and high-toned nuances. 0% stem inclusion. Yields at 1 lb/plant. Total skin and stem contact averaged 30 days (7 day cold soak, 2+ weeks of fermentation and 1+ week extended maceration.) From the press, the wine was hand-bucketed 2 gallons at a time directly into barrel (30% new French oak: Sirugue, Marsannay and Mercurey), where it remained sur lie with no sulfur until the waning moon cycle of June, when it was gently pressure-racked for the first time and prepared for bottling in December. 14.5% alcohol.

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Melville Winery:
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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Snooth User: cali2nyc99
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08/01/2007

Four glasses



From the west side of our estate, Terraces lies completely exposed to the elements facing brutal winds with aspects facing south-west, west and north. Planted on clay loam and limestone soils, 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. This site’s soils, elevation, exposition and clonal diversity run thematically through this wine providing low and high-toned nuances. 0% stem inclusion. Yields at 1 lb/plant. Total skin and stem contact averaged 30 days (7 day cold soak, 2+ weeks of fermentation and 1+ week extended maceration.) From the press, the wine was hand-bucketed 2 gallons at a time directly into barrel (30% new French oak: Sirugue, Marsannay and Mercurey), where it remained sur lie with no sulfur until the waning moon cycle of June, when it was gently pressure-racked for the first time and prepared for bottling in December. 14.5% alcohol.

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