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MELVILLE 13 PN BLOCK M
Item: #241270
Bottle Size: 750ml
WA: 95
$54.98
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MELVILLE 2013 PINOT NOIR "BLOCK M" (FORMERLY CARRIES) SANTA RITA HILLS 750mL

Block M is a wind swept mesa on Melville's western parcel adjacent to our Terraces block. Sitting atop a sun exposed mesa with several feet of botella clay soil, the extremity of Block M is enhanced by the gravitational pull on three exposed sides forcing the roots to search deeper for sustenance. Block M is made up of equal amounts of clones 114 and 115. The lesser known 114 is lush, velvety and textural with an elegantly pliant internal core, while clone 115 delivers fruit at a higher pitch coupled with a more structurally pronounced personality. The marriage of these complementary components is what renders Melville's Block M bottling so complete. 20% of the fruit was gently destemmed with 80% remaining as whole clusters.

Dark ruby red in color, intoxicating aromatics of nutmeg, grilled beef fat, fig and cherry cola come through initially. Intense notes of ripe persimmon, salt caramel, raw sugar cane and tamarind weave alongside floral components of pink jasmine and magnolia. The wine boasts not only tremendous weight and drive but also excellent clarity and precision. Only 609 cases were produced.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "A very complete, balanced red, the 2013 Pinot Noir Block M was just partially destemmed (20%) and aged 14 months in neutral oak. It has a darker slant to its fruit with lots of black cherry, licorice, pepper/stem and forest floor emerging from the glass. These flow to a rich, masculine Pinot that has brilliant mid-palate depth, a seamless texture and building tannin that emerges on the finish. Give it a year or two and enjoy bottles through 2025."
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