The 2019 “Terraces” Pinot Noir is located on the westside of Melville’s property making up a mere 5-terraced acres – all facing the ocean breeze and completely exposed to the harsh elements nature throws at it: Severe wind, full sun exposure, and challenging drainage. The block is divided into three sections wrapping 120 degrees around Melville’s famed “Block M” Pinot Noir. This is a Pinot that will be engrained in my memory. Elegant and smooth but pronounced in texture. This is a wine that you “feel” with hints of ripe strawberries and some dried sage. But the nose is what captivated me with its hint of cinnamon bark. When I closed my eyes and breathed in all that Pinot goodness it brought me back to my childhood. It was as if I had just walked into my home after a long, cold, winter day at school and could smell my mother preparing ingredients to bake cinnamon bread. That joyful anticipation of what was to come later in the evening . . . a very fond memory of mine and a fabulous wine to take me there.
Winery Tasting Notes: Polished garnet in color, notes of cinnamon bark, Cara Cara orange peel, and forest dew breathe life into the glass. On the back palate, the mouthfeel is plush and elegant, with a smooth texture and dusty tannins that compliment hints of ripe strawberries and dried sage and lead into a fresh and lengthy finish.
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