2015 Syrah - Melville Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

2015 Syrah - Melville Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
2015 Syrah - Melville Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

95 Points  - The epitome of cool-climate Syrah from this region, this bottling flashes on the nose with crushed peppercorns, fresh dill, fennel and green sage, asphalt and underripe raspberry. The palate is lively, with plucked sage, coriander and obscure Mexican spices that give tremendous depth to the black-raspberry flavor. - Matt Kettmann,  The Wine Enthusiast

94 Points  - Medium ruby, the 2015 Syrah Melville Vineyard gives up tons of floral perfume—violet and dried lilac—with cracked black pepper, prosciutto, warm blackberries, bitter chocolate, warm black cherries, savory olive, salted licorice and red fruit sparks. Medium to full-bodied, it's more red fruited in the mouth with some salty tang, chewy tannins and wicked freshness, finishing long, energetic and savory. Very unique! - Erin Brooks, The Wine Advocate

Tasting notes

Matt’s Tasting Notes:    This is serious stuff. Smoked meat, olive tapande, black pepper, plum, fig, dark fruit aromatics and flavors. Really complex, layered flavors, seamless silky mouthfeel with tannin on the back end that
makes the finish go on and on….
Balanced and structured, this is a serious Syrah with great long-term aging potential.

Production notes
  • Grapes were hand-harvested from Melville Vineyard
  • 100% whole cluster fermentation in small lots (2 tons)
  • Like always, we relied on the native yeast that the grapes carried from the vineyards to complete the fermentation
  • We hand punched each fermentor twice a day to enhance the extraction of colors, tannins and flavors
  • After primary fermentation was complete we extended maceration for up to 30-35 days to further extract color, tannins and flavor
  • Pressed with ultra-gentle stainless steel basket press in an 8-hour cycle
  • Aged in neutral oak for 22 months prior to bottling, no fining or filtering with two rackings before bottling.and then another year in bottle prior to releasing.
  • Clone Estrella
Varietal100% Syrah
AppellationSta. Rita Hills
VineyardMelville Vineyard
Aging22 months in neutral french oak
FermentationNative Yeast
Wine Style100% Whole Cluster
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced100

95 Points - The Wine Enthusiast

94 Points - The Wine Advocate

91 Points - Vinous

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