Melville Syrah Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Estate Donna's 2006

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Released: 11.21.08 Alcohol: 15.2% From our small lot collection and named for Ron Melvilles wife, Donna, this is 100% Sta. Rita Hills estate fruit. It is a 3.6 acre section composed of two clones, Estrella and Clone 1, on three different low-vigor rootstocks, and produces fruit of a special character for two reasons. First, because the vines are planted in 20 feet of sand it always delivers an intoxicating bouquet of flowers and perfume. It is the absence of any material other than sand that creates such high-toned and aromatic fruit. Second, this block is also located in the warmest section on our estate. It is completely wind protected by our neighbors property and thus has the best chance of accumulating ripeness in our harsh environment. Yields were 3.2 lbs/plant (2.9 tons/acre). 67% of the fruit was gently de-stemmed with 33% remaining as whole-clusters and was fermented in small 1.5 ton open-top fermenters. Total skin and/or stem contact averaged 30 days (a 7 day cold soak, 2+ weeks fermentation and 1+ week extended maceration). From the press, the wine was transferred directly into 15% French oak where it remained sur lie with no SO2 until May, and prepared for bottling. Tasting Notes: A dark blue and red hue dominates the color of this wine. Aromatically intense with a flurry of black fruits such as currants, cherries and boysenberries. Earthy essences of pencil lead, black pepper, tapenade, asphalt, dust, and coffee intermingle with sweet nuances of teriyaki, dried apple, rose and cinnamon. On the palate it is rich, complex and sinister with much underlying strength. While the wine offers generous weight and mouth feel it still remains elegant and balanced.

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Varietal: Syrah
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Welcome to Melville Vineyards and Winery! Come by our tasting room and sample our current Estate Line and Small Lot Collection releases. Our Mediterranean-style Winery is located in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation in Lompoc, California, in Western Santa Ynez Valley. For group tours, please call for a reservation. We look forward to meeting you!

External Reviews for Melville Syrah Santa Rita Hills Sta. Rita Hills Estate Donna's

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Source: The Wine Closet
12/04/2009

92 points - Wine Advocate The structured, inky/purple-tinged 2006 Syrah Donnas possesses the classic hallmarks of a top-notch Syrah, including flower blossom, blackberry, cassis, graphite, and earth characteristics along with beautiful purity. It will benefit from 1-2 years of bottle age, and will be drinkable over the following 7-8 years. From one of the Santa Rita Hills superb vineyard sites, the Melville wines are made by Greg Brewer.



Released: 11.21.08 Alcohol: 15.2% From our small lot collection and named for Ron Melvilles wife, Donna, this is 100% Sta. Rita Hills estate fruit. It is a 3.6 acre section composed of two clones, Estrella and Clone 1, on three different low-vigor rootstocks, and produces fruit of a special character for two reasons. First, because the vines are planted in 20 feet of sand it always delivers an intoxicating bouquet of flowers and perfume. It is the absence of any material other than sand that creates such high-toned and aromatic fruit. Second, this block is also located in the warmest section on our estate. It is completely wind protected by our neighbors property and thus has the best chance of accumulating ripeness in our harsh environment. Yields were 3.2 lbs/plant (2.9 tons/acre). 67% of the fruit was gently de-stemmed with 33% remaining as whole-clusters and was fermented in small 1.5 ton open-top fermenters. Total skin and/or stem contact averaged 30 days (a 7 day cold soak, 2+ weeks fermentation and 1+ week extended maceration). From the press, the wine was transferred directly into 15% French oak where it remained sur lie with no SO2 until May, and prepared for bottling. Tasting Notes: A dark blue and red hue dominates the color of this wine. Aromatically intense with a flurry of black fruits such as currants, cherries and boysenberries. Earthy essences of pencil lead, black pepper, tapenade, asphalt, dust, and coffee intermingle with sweet nuances of teriyaki, dried apple, rose and cinnamon. On the palate it is rich, complex and sinister with much underlying strength. While the wine offers generous weight and mouth feel it still remains elegant and balanced.

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