Terraces Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, California
Melville is a family-run winery that moved from Sonoma to the Santa Ynez valley in 1996 with the goal of making cool-climate pinot noir, chardonnay, and syrah. They were an early believer in the area’s promise, seeing the opportunity in this special terroir.
The estate consists of 120 acres of vineyards in the western Santa Rita Hills, ten miles from the ocean. The vineyards benefit from morning and afternoon fog, afternoon breezes, and cool evenings that prolong the growing season and intensity of flavor in the grapes.
The low-yielding and high-density vines are vinified in small lots to retain their site-specific character before blending. The wines display great fruit intensity and structure, achieving balance with wonderful energy and persistence.