2014 Syrah - Melville Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

2014 Syrah - Melville Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
2014 Syrah - Melville Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills

 92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

A downright gamey, exotic and singular Syrah.  It has plenty of fruit and texture as well a good mid-palate weight, so will evolve nicely, enjoy through 2026. –Jeb Dunnuck

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
Sugar24.4
Acid0.66
PH3.63
Aging34 months
FermentationNative Yeast
Alcohol14.50%
Wine Styleneutral oak; 100% Whole Cluster : unfined &
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced132

 

94 Points - The Wine Advocate

92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck

91 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast

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