2003 Melville - Pinot Noir Terraces Estate 750ml

USA - California - Santa Barbara - Santa Rita Hills/ Red / Pinot Noir   |     Watch
2003 Melville - Pinot Noir Terraces Estate
This wine is currently sold out. However, many times we can still locate this wine for you. Use the contact form below to request assistance.
You can also bid on this wine. Contact us to learn how.
 
Burghound | 90

(from Santa Rita Hills fruit bottled at 14.5% alcohol - 242 cases made, $46). Discreet oak frames spicy dark pinot fruit that displays a seductive hint of the exotic that leads to rich, full, sweet and delicious medium full flavors wrapped in a lush, opulent, slightly dusty finish of impressive complexity. To be sure, this is crafted in a ripe full-blown style yet there is balance and the acidity that pokes through on the finish of so many higher-octane examples (read 14.5%+) is almost invisible. I like the deft winemaking touch and the quality of the underlying material speaks for itself. In short, this is exceptionally well done.

Drink Dates: 2008+
Issue: Issue 19 Burghound Selection Outstanding

Professional content appears courtesy of Vinfolio

International Wine Cellar | 91

($46; from five clones planted in three terraced parcels) Full, deep red. Aromas of plum, raspberry, graphite and spices; the most complex yet of these pinots. Concentrated, sweet and penetrating, with nicely delineated berry and spiceflavors. Perhaps a bit less broad than the Carrie's but offers lovely fruit and a firm texture. Finishes with noteworthy persistence.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 121

Professional content appears courtesy of Vinfolio

Wine Advocate | 90

The 2003 Pinot Noir Terraces exhibits plenty of earthy, spicy, stemmy notes, a hint of underbrush, and a medium-bodied, attractively fruity, herbaceous character that is smoky, spicy, and firmly structured. Give it 1-2 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 7-8 years.

Drink Dates: 2006-2014
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 160

Professional content appears courtesy of Vinfolio

Wine Spectator | 93

Riveting aromas of crushed blackberry, pepper, raspberry and hazelnut. On the palate those flavors are rich, deftly balanced, supple and harmonious, with a steady flow leading to a long, complex aftertaste that shows a dash of cola. 242 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2005-2010
Author: James Laube


Professional content appears courtesy of Vinfolio

More Vintages and Sizes of Melville - Pinot Noir Terraces Estate:

2012 (750ml)

About This Producer


In 1996 Melville Vineyards made the bold move from Knights Valley to the Santa Rita Hills appellation, where Ron Melville and his sons set up the estate property with a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Santa Rita microclimate, with its coastal winds and fog, provided the Melvilles the perfect locale for their 139 planted acres of Pinot, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Viognier. Winemaker Greg Brewer, of Brewer-Clifton fame, oversees production at Melville.

See all California producers

Recommended For You

Loading, please wait...
 

Get early access to new arrivals and special offers