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2003 Melville - Pinot Noir Terraces Estate 750ml
2003 Melville - Pinot Noir Terraces Estate
USA - California - Santa Barbara - Santa Rita Hills
Red / Pinot Noir
2003 Melville - Pinot Noir Terraces Estate
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Professional Reviews


Burghound Issue: Issue 19

(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.

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International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 121

($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.

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Wine Advocate Author: Robert Parker Issue: 160

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.

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Wine Spectator Author: James Laube

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.

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