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small lot collection pinot noir
Terraces and Block M
We are pleased to release the first Small Lot Collection Pinot Noirs from 2012: Terraces and Block M.
Our Small Lot Collection wines represent specific and unique interpretations of our Sta. Rita Hills estate. With a wide variety of soil, elevation, sun, wind exposures and clonal diversity available, certain blocks within our vineyards exhibit their own special character and nuance. While we certainly recognize the comprehensive nature and expression of our main estate wines, it is these small distinctions that we consider prized enough to bottle separately and designate as part of our Small Lot Collection. With less than 600 cases of both Terraces and Block M produced in 2012, both wines are in limited supply.
For over a decade, Block M was also referred to as Carrie's which is likely more familiar to all of you who have been so supportive of that wine over the years. With the 2011 bottling we opted to return to the original name of this parcel which has consistently proven to be one of the true jewels of our entire vineyard property displaying remarkable saturation, power and drive.
2012 was a spectacular vintage, a growing season which reminds us of 2007 (one of the favored harvests in Santa Barbara County history). During 2012 there were no adverse climatic incidents, yields were appropriate, numbers and flavors were spot on and the entire production season transpired in a calm and rhythmic fashion. In years such as these we can truly say the wines make themselves and we feel so fortunate to live and work in such a remarkable place.
We hope your plans include a visit to our tasting room, where Terraces and Block M are now available to taste and purchase. For those interested in large formats, a small amount of each wine was bottled in three liters. For more information about the wines please see below..
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-The Melville Family and Staff