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Melville Pinot Noir Block M Sta. Rita Hills 2014

America, California Wine
94 WE
93 VI
Melville Pinot Noir Block M Sta. Rita Hills

One of the small lot offerings from Melville. This wines comes from a premium block with challenging exposures that draw out the brooding elements of Pinot Noir. Rich and full bodied with earthiness and dark fruit.

Country America
Region California Wine
Appellation Sta. Rita Hills
Winery Melville Vineyard & Winery
Vintage 2014
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
¥10,450  (incl. tax)

One of the small lot offerings from Melville. This wines comes from a premium block with challenging exposures that draw out the brooding elements of Pinot Noir. Rich and full bodied with earthiness and dark fruit.

Country America
Region California Wine
Appellation Sta. Rita Hills
Winery Melville Vineyard & Winery
Vintage 2014
Color Red
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Production

Viticulture

Block M is a windswept mesa on the west side of our estate lying adjacent to our Terraces block. Sitting atop a sun exposed mesa with several feet of botella clay soil, the extremity of Block M is enhanced by the gravitational pull on three exposed sides forcing the roots to search deeper for sustenance. Block M is made up of equal amounts of clones 114 and 115. The lesser known 114 is lush, velvety and textural with an elegantly pliant internal core, while clone 115 delivers fruit at a higher pitch coupled with a more structurally pronounced personality. The marriage of these complementary components is what renders our Block M bottling so complete.

Vinification

Thirty percent of the fruit was gently de-stemmed with 70% remaining as whole clusters.

Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Boasting a dark crimson hue, the Block M bottling is always layered with richness. Vivid aromatics of rosemary, cinnamon stick and star lily are intertwined with the warmth of ripe persimmon, mulberry and cherry pie filling. Texturally, the wine is crisp and fresh on the palate, with an intense tannin profile that finishes with gorgeous purity and length.

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93Vinous
Winery

Winery Description

Santa Rita Hills Top Estate

Situated amongst the beautiful rolling hills of Western Santa Ynez Valley, Melville is dedicated to producing exceptional cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah grown exclusively in their estate vineyards throughout the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Prior to coming to the Santa Ynez Valley, the Melville family grew high-quality and greatly sought-after grapes in Sonoma County's Knights Valley for over ten years.

Ron Melville had a great desire to grow cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah. In 1996 they founded Melville Vineyards in the area that was later to become the Sta. Rita Hills, an area located in the Western Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County. The family owned and operated winery is now known as one of the most highly-regarded estates in California.

The Sta. Rita Hills appellation in Santa Barbara County is unique geographical area with a valley traversing East to West with the Pacific Ocean bordering on the West end. The "sideways" orientation brings direct marine influence into in the vineyards throughout the appellation.

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. These vineyards are predominantly north/south-facing, planted in a high-density fashion. Vineyard management is key element of the Melville philosophy of wine growing rather than wine making. By concentrating efforts out in the vineyard, prior to harvest, less work is need in the winery, and thus the true nature of the grape shines through in the final wine.

The estate currently has 16 clones of Pinot Noir, 9 clones of Syrah, and 6 clones of Chardonnay. All blocks are fermented in small lots and isolated through their entire period of elevage, which gives 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.

Data
Closure Technical Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code MV141177