Melville Winery 2016 Estate Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills

Melville Winery 2016 Estate Syrah, Sta. Rita Hills

Item Number: 12437

UPC: 0-748252979339

Country: USA
Region: California
Sub Region: Santa Barbara
Appellation/AVA: Santa Barbara County
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Sandy
Case Production: 2,167

Winemaking Notes: The fruit for this wine comes exclusively from our Sta. Rita Hills estate and is a combination of four different Syrah clones. The Estrella, 383, 470 is from nutrient deficient sand which is planted on well-drained sand. The neutrality of this soil always lends an intoxicating and high toned bouquet of flowers and spice while the Clone 99 from Block I is planted on denser sandy loam soil, bringing depth and richness to the resultant wine. 60% of the fruit was gently de-stemmed with 40% remaining as whole clusters and was fermented in small 1.5 ton open top fermenters. Total skin and stem contact averaged 35 days (7 day cold soak, 2+ weeks fermentation, and 2+ week extended maceration). From the press the wine was transferred directly to neutral barrels (10-20 year old French oak) where it remained sur lie with no sulfur until July when it was gently pressure racked for the first time and prepared for bottling in August. Yields were 3.0 lbs/vine (2.6 tons per acre).

Tasting Notes: Inky garnet in color, brilliant aromatics of ripe blue fruits, allspice and white pepper emanate from the glass. In the background, floral notes of lavender and violets intermingle with deeper components of prosciutto, buttered mushrooms and soy. The palate impression is tender and polished with a firm presence finishing with significant weight and focus.


  • Vinous
    Rating: 93 (9/1/2018)

    The 2016 Syrah Estate (Sta. Rita Hills) is fresh, nuanced and distinctive. There is an element of freshness and vivacity to the 2016 that is incredibly appealing. Blueberry, lavender, violet, spice and mint notes are nicely lifted in this precise, strikingly beautiful Syrah from Melville. The 40% whole clusters are felt, but also nicely integrated within the wine's fabric.