Melville Winery 2015 Syrah, Donna's Block, Sta. Rita Hills

Melville Winery 2015 Syrah, Donna's Block, Sta. Rita Hills

Item Number: 11162

UPC: None

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Santa Barbara
Appellation/AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Donna's Vineyard
Vintage: 2015
Grape(s): 100% Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.8
Soil Type: Sand
Case Production: 500

Vineyard Notes: Named for Ron Melville's wife, Donna's Block is planted atop twenty feet of sand in the northeast section of the estate vineyard. It is composed of equal parts clone 1 and Estrella clone.

Vinification: Fruit was fermented in small 1.5-ton open-top fermenters with total skin and stem contact averaging 30 days (1 week cold soak, 2+ weeks fermentation and 1+ week extended maceration). From the press, the wine was transferred directly into neutral French oak barrels where it remained sur lie with no sulfur until May. The barrels are between 10 and 20 years old.

Tasting Notes: Fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged in neutral barrels, this wine provides vividly enhanced aromatics and structure making it demonstrative of the extremely coo climate of the site on which it is grown. Intoxicating and savory aromatics of beef broth, teriyaki, fresh tobacco and stewed black cherries emerge initially. With time, lifted spice impressions of pink peppercorns, fennel and rosemary sprig also become apparent. On the palate, tightly wound and energetic tannins coat the mouth and transition seamlessly into a pure and focused finish possessing tremendous depth and concentration.

92+pts (2016 Vintage) Wine Advocate 4/27/2018
"The recently bottled 2016 Syrah Donna's grows in pure sand and was vinified with 100% whole bunches, wafting from the glass with a dramatic bouquet of blackberry, lilac, tea leaf and citrus rind. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, expansive and open-knit, with fine-grained, saline stem tannins and a lingering finish. This needs some time to come together after bottling, but it's a promising Syrah from Melville."

93pts (2016 Vintage) Wine Spectator 6/13/2018
"Sleek and polished, with expressive blueberry, orange zest and smoky pepper flavors that build richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024."


  • Vinous
    Rating: 91+ (9/1/2017)

    The 2015 Syrah Estate Donna's has a bit more depth and inner strength than the Estate, but perhaps a bit less in the way of aromatic nuance and tension at this stage. It will be interesting to see how both wines develop.
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 93 (8/2/2017)

    The 2015 Syrah Donna's is a solid step back from recent vintages, yet is still a fresh, elegant, complex Syrah that offers tons of blackcurrants, black raspberries, salted meats, olive brine and peppery goodness. Full-bodied, supple and beautifully balanced, drink it over the coming 7-8 years.