2015 Melville Syrah Donna’s
2015 Melville Syrah Donna’s A Fantastic New Syrah from Melville. Limited previous vintage 97 Points Robert Parker: “Even better, with more depth, density and ripeness, the Syrah Donna’s offers overflowing notes of olive tapenade, salted beef, licorice, black olive, peppery herbs and cured meats, with tons of ripe currants, fresh plum and smoked black cherry fruit. Full-bodied, elegant and seamless, with fabulous purity and persistence, I wouldn’t push the aging curve, but it’s a killer wine that will provide tons of pleasure over the coming 7-8 years… …Hold onto your hats, as these latest releases from Chad Melville and winemaker Greg Brewer are off-the-charts good! While both of the Chardonnays are beautiful, and play in the clean, crisp and medium-bodied spectrum, it’s the Pinot Noirs and Syrahs that are incredible across the board.” 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.
Jeb Dunnuck The 2015 Syrah Sta. Rita Hills is another terrific wine that’s always a good value. Black olives, pepper, gamey meats and both kirsch and blacker fruits all emerge from this elegant, seamless and lightly textured style that has tons of character. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years.
Soft garnet in color, with delicate fruit notes of plum skin, Asian pear and blueberry cobbler emerging up front. On the palate, intriguing components of pink peppercorn, cocoa powder, charred marshmallow and black olive mingle with impressions of dried rosemary and sage along with genoa salami, peppered jerky and honey ham glaze. The mouthfeel is tender and possesses a subtle streak of fresh acidity that frames the wine’s elegant and vibrant finish.
Food that goes well with this wine
Our wine experts think this Californian Syrah wine would be a match made in heaven with beef, lamb and poultry. Bon appétit!