2016 Melville Syrah Donna's
Syrah - 750ML
  • JD 96
  • WE 95
  • VN 94
  • WS 93
  • WA 92

Reg: $54.94

$49.94

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Reg: $54.94

$49.94

This product is
out of stock

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JD 96
jebdunnuck.com, January 2018
The 2016 Syrah Donna's is a slightly toned-down version of this cuvée yet still offers fabulous notes of bacon fat, violets, beef blood, crushed pepper, and huge salty minerality, all of which is grounded by a terrific... expand The 2016 Syrah Donna's is a slightly toned-down version of this cuvée yet still offers fabulous notes of bacon fat, violets, beef blood, crushed pepper, and huge salty minerality, all of which is grounded by a terrific core of dark fruit. Deep, medium to full-bodied, rounded, and sexy on the palate, it has a singular character as well as 10-15 years of prime drinking. collapse
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast, January 2018
Extreme amounts of freshness arise on the nose of this radical cool-climate Syrah, from smashed plums and boysenberries to amazingly intense peppercorn, forest-floor, tobacco, pine-oil and asphalt aromas. Peppercorns... expand Extreme amounts of freshness arise on the nose of this radical cool-climate Syrah, from smashed plums and boysenberries to amazingly intense peppercorn, forest-floor, tobacco, pine-oil and asphalt aromas. Peppercorns, tar, dark herbs and strong anise flavors show on the intriguing palate. collapse
VN 94
Vinous, January 2018
Melville's 2016 Syrah Estate Donna's is perfumed and savory, with the influence of the 100% whole clusters very much in the foreground, something that was much less the case when the wine was in barrel. Wild flowers... expand Melville's 2016 Syrah Estate Donna's is perfumed and savory, with the influence of the 100% whole clusters very much in the foreground, something that was much less the case when the wine was in barrel. Wild flowers, sage, mint, thyme and a host of blue/purplish berry fruit meld together effortlessly. All the elements are simply in the right place. This is another gorgeous wine from Melville.- Antonio Galloni Sep. 2018 collapse
WS 93
Wine Spectator, January 2018
Sleek and polished, with expressive blueberry, orange zest and smoky pepper flavors that build richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 584 cases made. –TF
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 2018
The recently bottled 2016 Syrah Donna's grows in pure sand and was vinified with 100% whole bunches, wafting from the glass with a dramatic bouquet of blackberry, lilac, tea leaf and citrus rind. On the palate, the wine... expand The recently bottled 2016 Syrah Donna's grows in pure sand and was vinified with 100% whole bunches, wafting from the glass with a dramatic bouquet of blackberry, lilac, tea leaf and citrus rind. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, expansive and open-knit, with fine-grained, saline stem tannins and a lingering finish. This needs some time to come together after bottling, but it's a promising Syrah from Melville.- WK collapse
Category Description
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country USA
Region California
Sub-region Central Coast
Vintage 2016
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.8%
Closure Cork

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.