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small lot collection pinot noir
Terraces and Block M
Illustrating our commitment to producing Burgundian varietals with the utmost respect for their history as well as the site on which they are grown, we are pleased to release two of our 2011 Small Lot Collection Pinot Noirs: Terraces and Block M, formerly known as Carrie's.
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.
For 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 this 2011 bottling we have 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.
2011 was the second consecutive growing season that was marked by a very cool spring and summer resulting in beautifully pure aromatics complemented by elevated acidity. While harvest parameters in 2011 were favorable, yields were significantly lower than other recent vintages. Compared to the 2010 vintage for example, production on Terraces and Block M in 2011 were down 25 and 40 percent respectively. As these wines were included in our most recent wine club shipment, they are truly now in limited supply.
For those who may be interested in large format bottlings, we did bottle a small amount of Terraces and Block M in Jeroboams (three liters).
For those who may be planning to visit us at the winery, Terraces and Block M will be available for purchase in our tasting room beginning Friday, March 22nd.
We cannot thank you enough for your continued appreciation of our work. None of this would be possible without your endorsement and support of our winery, vineyard, and appellation.
-The Melville Family and Staff