2010 Melville - Syrah Verna's Vineyard 750ml

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2010 Melville - Syrah Verna's Vineyard Front View

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

(half of this fruit was picked at 23 degrees Brix on December 1st; vinified with 50% whole clusters): Dark ruby. Intense black raspberry, cherry and floral aromas are complicated by notes of cracked pepper and anise. Supple, sweet and elegant, showing excellent depth and a broad range of dark fruit and floral qualities. Silky and intensely fruity on the gently tannic finish, which leaves sexy floral and spice notes behind.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 165

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 92
Author: Bocawine
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 07/03/2014

Rating: 88
Author: modaljazzc
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 01/19/2012
Light and a touch sour, but with interesting red and blue fruit and good structure.

Rating: 75
Author: AoB
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 10/02/2011

Average rating: 91, based on 4 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

2 bottles owned by 2 collectors.

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About This Producer

In 1996 Melville Vineyards made the bold move from Knights Valley to the Santa Rita Hills appellation, where Ron Melville and his sons set up the estate property with a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Santa Rita microclimate, with its coastal winds and fog, provided the Melvilles the perfect locale for their 139 planted acres of Pinot, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Viognier. Winemaker Greg Brewer, of Brewer-Clifton fame, oversees production at Melville.

Wine Varietal: Syrah

While the rest of the world is calling it "Syrah," Australia and South Africa stick to "Shiraz," their name for the same grape. Previously it was thought that the name Shiraz originated from a city in Persia where the Syrah grape was believed to have originated. Recently U.S. and French researchers demystified the name debate when they discovered that the Syrah grape was indigenous to France. Intense, robust and sometimes referred to as "manly," Syrah grows principally in the Northern Rhone. The spicy, peppery grape also grows abundantly in Australia, South Africa, and California, where it takes on a softer, thicker character than its French version. Typical descriptors for Syrah include blackberry, dark chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, smoked meat, black pepper, liquorice, and cloves.

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