"The silky and finesse-oriented 2014 Pinot Noir Terraces (60% destemmed and aged 14 months in neutral oak) offers tons of dried flowers, spice, red currants and sweet cherry fruit in a medium-bodied, nicely textured and polished style. Like the Indigene, it has no shortage of building tannin, but is impeccably balanced. This is a beautiful wine that will be better in another year and will have a decade of longevity." –Aug-16
"Crushed rose petals, mint, sweet red berries, cranberries, blood orange and chalk are some of the signatures in the 2014 Pinot Noir Terraces. Focused and tense in style, the 2014 offers striking depth in an understated, mid-weight expression of Pinot Noir. This is a decidedly taut Sta. Rita Hills Pinot that could use another year or two in bottle. The Terraces was done with 50% whole clusters."
Named after the three undulating slopes of terraces cascading down from Block M. 4.9 acres in total, Terraces is planted on clay-rich loam and calcareous shale soils. The sections wrap 120 degrees around Block M, completely exposed to the elements. It is planted to five different clones of Pinot Noir, making the final wine a unique combination of old California field selections and new Dijonais clonal material.
20% of the fruit was gently de-stemmed with 80% left as whole-cluster. Aged in neutral barrel (5 to 20 year old French oak).