2003 Melville - Pinot Noir Terraces Estate 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine


Wine Spectator | Rating: 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


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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 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

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Burghound | Rating: 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

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Wine Advocate | Rating: 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

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Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews
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Collector Data For This Wine

88 bottles owned by 36 collectors.

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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.

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Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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