2009 Melville Syrah Estate Verna's
Syrah - 750ML
  • RR 91

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The Rhone Report, November 2010
Aged in neutral wood and made with 20% whole cluster the 2009 Melville Syrah Estate Verna's is a smooth supple red that shows fragrant raspberry and kirsch like fruits intermixed with spice underbrush and earthy nuances... Aged in neutral wood and made with 20% whole cluster the 2009 Melville Syrah Estate Verna's is a smooth supple red that shows fragrant raspberry and kirsch like fruits intermixed with spice underbrush and earthy nuances on the nose. These lead into a beautifully textured medium to full bodied wine that possesses pure fruit solid balance and a delicious drink me now personality. Drink this crowd pleaser over the next 3 to 4 years.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Vintage 2009

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.