Melville Terraces Estate Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label
Melville Terraces Estate Pinot Noir 2002 Front Label

Melville Terraces Estate Pinot Noir 2002

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RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A Domaine de la Romanee-Conti-like effort is the 2002 Pinot Noir Terraces. Boasting profound aromas, wonderful density, a surreal lightness of being, and a sweet attack of blue and black fruits intertwined with forest floor, flowers, and earth, it possesses superb sweetness, impressive precision, and tremendous harmony.
WS 92
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Ripe and beautifully defined, with a rich, fleshy texture and loads of complex blackberry and blueberry, and a touch of rhubarb. Finishes with a firm core of ripe tannins, too, but the exuberant flavors push through.
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Melville, California
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There is no place on earth quite like the Sta. Rita Hills. The highly unusual east-west (or transverse) mountain range, close proximity to the cold Pacific, consistent coastal fog, and steady afternoon breezes together create ideal conditions for growing cold-climate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. Ron Melville and his sons recognized that these exceptional conditions, combined with their commitment to “winegrowing,” would result in wines of remarkable quality. Melville Vineyards was established in 1996 in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills and has since become one of the most highly-regarded estates in California.


With the guidance of Head Winegrower, Chad Melville, Melville’s full-time vineyard crew nurtures their 120 estate acres organically, paying close attention to the health of both the vines and the soil. Farming aggressively, yet carefully, and with the utmost respect to Mother Nature, helps encourage the vines to produce small amounts of intensely flavored/concentrated fruit. At the time of harvest, they consider the wines to already be made, and strive to not interfere with their natural path in the cellar. To this effect, they maintain a minimalist approach by aging their wines only in neutral French oak and stainless steel and utilize whole cluster fermentation to contribute to the depth, structure, and complexity of their wines.

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A superior source of California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills is the coolest, westernmost sub-region of the larger Santa Ynez Valley appellation within Santa Barbara County. This relatively new AVA is unquestionably one to keep an eye on.

The climate of Sta. Rita Hills is a natural match for Chardonnay and Pinot noir, thanks to the crisp ocean breezes and well-drained, limestone-rich calcareous soil. Here, grapes ripen just enough, while retaining brisk acidity and harmonious balance.

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