Melville Estate Sta. Rita Hills Syrah 2019

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  • 93 Robert
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  • 92 James
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Winemaker Notes

As the 2019 Estate Syrah begins to fill the glass with its signature dark violet color, one can’t help but to get excited. Instantly upon pouring, the aromatics begin to overflow and escape the glass, giving you a sneak peek of what’s to come. Fresh herbs and lavender fill the glass then give way to grilled meat and fresh, roasted cracked pepper. On the palate, the adventure begins with roasted blackberries, in season black plums, and cherry juice. A near perfect balance of silky tannins, juiciness, and velvet-like texture together create a symphony of flavor.

Professional Ratings

  • 95
    Chad Melville’s estate-grown syrah leans on the Estrella River clone, a selection that’s late to bloom and late to ripen—it is typically harvested in November, the whole clusters submitted to a cold soak, native fermentation, and aging in neutral barrels. It’s low-intervention winemaking with a stunning result: The wildly exotic aromatics bring lavender, violets, plum, smoked tea, olive and, above all, pepper—like walking under a pepper tree on a warm afternoon as the fruit nears peak ripeness. The flavors are exotic, lush and herbal at once, delivered with a creamy midpalate and fine leafy tannins, elegant and long. It’s drinking beautifully now and would be a wonder to follow as it ages.
  • 93
    The 2019 Syrah Estate has a medium ruby-purple color and is bursting with blackberry jam and blueberry aromas with broody tones of cast iron, chargrill, aniseed and dried herbs. The palate is lovely, with a balance of bright berry accents of savory, earthy tones. It has an abundance of finely grained tannins, notable freshness and lift, and a long, herbal finish.
  • 92
    The 2019 Syrah Estate Sta. Rita Hills always seems to deliver. Revealing a ruby/plum color as well as peppery notes of red and black fruits, tapenade, and gamey meats, it's medium-bodied and has a supple, elegant texture, nicely integrated acidity, and a great finish.
  • 92

    Aromas and flavors of strawberries, together with cloves, black pepper and dried flowers. Yet, it’s transparent and crisp. Medium body with a pretty texture and a fruity finish.

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Melville The Story of Melville Winery Video

Melville is a family-owned, 100% estate, organic vineyard and winery in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA of Santa Barbara County.

They produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and a small amount of Grenache. All their wines, from the flagship Estate

Pinot Noir to the Small Lot Collection Donna's Block Syrah, are hand-grown and hand-made 100 cases at a time.

Their founder Ron Melville carefully selected the location of the estate for its proximity to the Pacific Ocean as well as

the soil composition - predominantly sandy loam and diatomaceous earth with sections of clay. You can be too close

to the ocean and struggle with getting fruit ripe, and you can also be further away and struggle with temperatures that

are too hot...Melville is in the sweet spot.

The Melville's have been practicing responsible farming for over three decades, and since 1997 in the Sta. Rita Hills

when brothers Chad and Brent Melville planted the estate vineyards (before the AVA was formally established). They

take great pride in their commitment to "winegrowing"…working in harmony with Mother Nature to nurture their land

through organic and sustainable farming practices to ensure that all of the most crucial work is done in the vineyard.

The Sta. Rita Hills AVA is incredibly unique for a few reasons:

• It lies within a transverse mountain range, meaning that the mountains on either side of the valley are running

east-to-west from the ocean rather than north-to south. This is the only transverse mountain range in North


• It has the longest growing season in North America. The growing season starts early (bud bread in late

February) and ends relatively late (Melville is often harvesting into late November) because they have a mild winter

and a cold, sunny summer. This environment of consistent "cold sunshine" allows for a long, slow ripening

and wines that showcase high acidity with ripe aromas/flavors.

Stylistically, They choose to only use neutral wood. With the vines being 25+ years old, they have reached a maturity

that Melville is proud of. The vines are creating the best fruit ever and they want their customers taste the flavors of Sta.

Rita Hills and Mother Nature in their purest form.

Stem inclusion during fermentation has been a key to Melville wines. They create aromatic lift, add tannins, and can

bring another dimension of flavor to the palate, including savoriness and spiciness. When using stems, it is important

to ensure they are fully ripe to avoid green, unpleasant, vegetal flavors. Fortunately, the Sta. Rita Hills' long growing

season allows for fully ripened stems.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Rhône Blends of the south, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

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Sta. Rita Hills Wine

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A superior source of California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills is the coolest, westernmost sub-region of the larger Santa Ynez Valley appellation within Santa Barbara County. This relatively new AVA is unquestionably one to keep an eye on.

The climate of Sta. Rita Hills is a natural match for Chardonnay and Pinot noir, thanks to the crisp ocean breezes and well-drained, limestone-rich calcareous soil. Here, grapes ripen just enough, while retaining brisk acidity and harmonious balance.

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