2005 Melville Syrah Estate Verna's
Syrah - 750ML

  • WA 90
  • IWC 90

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WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2007
The 2005 Syrah Verna's shows the most up-front black raspberry blueberry and plum-like fruit with some hints of spring flowers silky texture medium to full body and loads of purity and depth. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, December 2007
Dark red. Peppery dark berry scents strongly channel the Rhone with sexy violet and mineral character adding vibrancy. Shows deeper blackberry and blueberry tones on the palate gaining a racy peppery quality with air... Dark red. Peppery dark berry scents strongly channel the Rhone with sexy violet and mineral character adding vibrancy. Shows deeper blackberry and blueberry tones on the palate gaining a racy peppery quality with air. Finishes with impressive depth and sweetness especially for this price point.
JJB 92
Alex Lallos - JJ Buckley, July 2008
Medium / dark red in color. This broad shouldered Syrah shows a beautiful array of blackberry white pepper and crushed flowers followed by abundant spices. The midpalate is smoothe with well integrated tannins that build... Medium / dark red in color. This broad shouldered Syrah shows a beautiful array of blackberry white pepper and crushed flowers followed by abundant spices. The midpalate is smoothe with well integrated tannins that build towards the back. The finish is marked by pepper with subtle plum and supple tannins. Nicely done- A real Syrah lovers wine!
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Appellation Santa Barbara
Sub-appellation Santa Rita Hills
Vintage 2005

Winery

Melville

In 1996, founder Ron Melville's desire to grow cold-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah brought him to the Sta. Rita Hills where he established his winery, situated amongst the beautiful rolling hills where the grapes are grown exclusively in their three estate vineyards.

Melville currently has 120 acres under vine. The soil is mostly Lompoc dune sand, interspersed with clay loam and shallow hard pans of Monterey shale. The estate currently has 16 clones of Pinot Noir, 9 clones of Syrah, and 6 clones of Chardonnay - all on a variety of low-vigor rootstocks. All blocks are fermented in small lots and isolated through their entire period of elevage, which provides Melville’s team with an ongoing exhibition of how they can fine tune vineyard practices in order to achieve the most unmanipulated and site-specific wines possible.

Melville “grows their flavors,” using no new oak and adding only yeast.