2015 Melville Syrah Estate
Syrah - 750ML
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  • JD 91

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AG 92
Vinous, June 2017
The 2015 Syrah Estate (Sta. Rita Hills) is very pretty, but like all of these 2015s, it also needs time to be at its best. Floral and lifted, with tons of energy and tannin, the 2015 is shaping up to be a real beauty... The 2015 Syrah Estate (Sta. Rita Hills) is very pretty, but like all of these 2015s, it also needs time to be at its best. Floral and lifted, with tons of energy and tannin, the 2015 is shaping up to be a real beauty. Hints of lavender, licorice, smoke, plum and black cherry build into the super-expressive finish in this soulful midweight Syrah from Melville.
JD 91
jebdunnuck.com, August 2017
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... 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.
JJB 95
JJ Buckley, August 2017
This 2015 release by Melville is translucent ruby in the glass with no variation from core to rim. It is gorgeous and intense on the nose, with bright aromas of baked black fruit (blackberry and black cherry) that are... This 2015 release by Melville is translucent ruby in the glass with no variation from core to rim. It is gorgeous and intense on the nose, with bright aromas of baked black fruit (blackberry and black cherry) that are nicely balanced out with a fresh red fruit medley. The fruit is complimented by notes of fresh flowers and baking spice, as well as a slight hint of eucalyptus. The nose transitions seamlessly to the mouth, where the wine leads with its fruit that is persistent onto the long finish. This Syrah is bright, harmonious and balanced with a nice spine of acidity and delicate tannins. It is absolutely delicious now, but this wine could be cellared until 2025 or thereabouts. It is sure to be very versatile with food, and could be paired with a whole assortment of red meats, mushroom dishes and various cheeses.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Vintage 2015
Percent alcohol 13.6%
Closure Cork

Label

The fruit for this wine comes exclusively from Melville’s Sta. Rita Hills estate and is a combination of two different Syrah clones (Estrella and Clone 99). The Estrella is from Donna’s block which is planted on well-drained, nutrient-deficient sand. The neutrality of that soil always lends an intoxicating, high-toned bouquet of flowers and spice while the Clone 99 from Block I is planted on denser sandy-loam soil, bringing depth and richness.

70% of the fruit is gently de-stemmed with 30% remaining as whole clusters. It’s all fermented in small 1.5 ton open top fermenters. Total skin and stem contact average 30 days (7 day cold soak, 2+ weeks fermentation, and 1+ week extended maceration). From the press, the wine is transferred directly to neutral barrels (5-20 year old French oak) where it remains sur lie with no sulfur until May, when it is gently pressure racked for the first time and prepared for bottling in August.

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.