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Melville Estate Terraces Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2020

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Melville Estate Terraces Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 2020

  • Country USA
  • Region Santa Rita Hills
  • Grape Pinot Noir
  • ABV 14.2
  • Case size 12 / 75cl
  • Polished garnet in color, notes of cinnamon bark, Cara Cara orange peel, and forest dew breathe life into the glass. On the back palate, the mouthfeel is plush and elegant, with a smooth texture and dusty tannins that compliment hints of ripe strawberries and dried sage that lead into a fresh and lengthy finish. A beautiful blue garnet in color, with aromas of spiced cranberry, orange zest, and pomegranate dancing from the glass. Grippy tannins and defined acidity come together on the palate evoking flavors of plum compote, clove, and herbal tea. Pure, bright, and clean, Terraces finishes with the grace and elegance you have come to expect

"Vinified with about 60% whole clusters, the medium ruby colored 2020 Pinot Noir Terraces has a deep core of red cherries, pomegranate, and cranberries layered with tones of blood orange, aniseed, and garrigue. Medium-bodied, gently chalky, and super fresh, it offers detailed wild berry fruits and a long, ethereal, floral finish. 670 cases were made." Erin Brooks in the Wine Advocate, 95 Points, 2022-2030

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CountryUnited States
Bottles Per Case12
Bottle Size75
2 cases 10% offNo

Chad Melville works in the western hills of the Santa Ynez Valley; a paradoxical landscape of exceptional cool temperatures - despite being less than 150 miles from Los Angeles! This is down to it's unusual east-west orientation which funnels the cool Pacific winds down the length of the valley. These conditions create incredibly sunny vineyards with every hint of moisture pulled from the surface of the grapes by the wind. The intense concentration, brilliant flavor, and harsh, stressful environment create some of the finest Pinot, Chardonnay, and Syrah around.
The history of the estate starts in 1989 when grape grower Ron Melville upped sticks and moved from Knight’s Valley in Sonoma down to this property in Santa Ynez. Nowadays run by Ron and his sons Chad & Brent, Chad has taken over most of the winemaking duties. Chad’s philosophy is quite simple – “At the time of harvest, we consider the wines to already be made and strive not to interfere with their natural path.” In other words, oaking is neutral, wines should reflect their vintage and what results in clean, clear, fruit-driven wines. 

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