2015 Melville Donna’s Sta.Rita Hills Syrah
2015 Melville Donna’s Sta.Rita Hills Syrah, Cenral Coast California
Winery Notes: “Boasting a dark ruby hue, intoxicating and savory aromatics of beef broth, teriyaki, fresh tobacco and stewed black cherries emerge initially. With time, lifted spice impressions of pink peppercorns, fennel and rosemary sprig also become apparent. On the palate tightly wound and energetic tannins coat the mouth and transition seamlessly into a pure and focused finish possessing tremendous depth and concentration.
93 points Jeb Dunnuck; The 2015 Syrah Donna’s is a solid step back from recent vintages, yet is still a fresh, elegant, complex Syrah that offers tons of blackcurrants, black raspberries, salted meats, olive brine and peppery goodness. Full-bodied, supple and beautifully balanced, drink it over the coming 7-8 years.
Syrah is a dark-skinned red wine grape. Its origins have been popularly debated, but its modern viticultural home is unquestionably the northern Rhône Valley of eastern France. In Australia, Syrah is the flagship variety and has developed such a distinct personality that it is essentially regarded as a distinct variety, is overwhelmingly (but not exclusively) known as Shiraz.
Sta. Rita Hills is an AVA located at the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley in California’s Central Coast wine region. The appellation is encircled by, but distinctly separate from, the Santa Ynez Valley AVA and is one of the USA’s most respected cool-climate viticultural areas, best known for its Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah.
Melville Winery is a Californian wine estate producing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah wines in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. The estate was founded in 1989 and remains family-owned and operated.The estate consists of 49 hectares (120 acres) of vineyards in three neighboring sites in Santa Barbara County. A range of different clones and blocks are planted on a variety of soil types here, to provide Melville with numerous production options for its range of Pinot Noirs.