Melville 2020 Anna's Block Pinot Noir, Sta Rita Hills
Named for the grandmother of a longtime family friend, Anna’s Block is an eight acre parcel that was planted in 2001 on a gentle southern slope in the northwestern portion of our westside vineyard. The rows are planted in a north-south orientation which means the fruit hangs from east-west allowing for even ripening. Anna’s block is planted to two different Dijonnaise clones of Pinot Noir that work well in tandem and bring a great amount of synergy and cohesiveness to the resultant wine. Known for producing very high-quality wines in Burgundy, Clone 667 brings intense color, structure, depth and ageability, while the earlier ripening Clone 114 offers richness and stuffing.
100% Pinot Noir, Clones: 667, 114
Elevage: Aged in neutral barrel (10-20 year old French oak)
Fermentation: More than 60% whole cluster