Samsara (the Sanskrit word for “eternal life”) is a project of Chad and Mary Melville, members of the well-known Melville family. "
Samsara Melville Vineyard Syrah 2007
Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
2007 is already being heralded as one of the vintages of the decade. Here on California's Central Coast, the quality of the grapes and the resulting wines are "simply stellar." Cold winter months kept the vines in dormancy later than normal, delaying budbreak and flowering for a few weeks. Dry, semi-drought conditions and moderate temperatures throughout the summer produced gorgeously small, perfect clusters and berries that were balanced and flawlessly ripe at lower sugar levels. The relatively relaxed state of ripening allowed the fruit additional time to develop more aromatic and flavor compounds, The astounding result was grapes with tremendous concentration of flavors, highly developed tannins and lively acidity. Truly exceptional.
The Wine Advocate - "The star of this quartet is the 2007 Syrah Melville Vineyard. It offers gorgeously sweet blueberry and blackberry fruit interwoven with hints of raspberries, tapenade, graphite, and truffles. An underlying minerality is more obvious than in the other two Syrahs, and the full-bodied Melville is substantial in size, richness, and length. It should age nicely for a decade.
International Wine Cellar - "Inky ruby. Highly perfumed nose displays aromas of candied red berries, spicecake and incense. The palate displays a deeper dark berry character, along with notes of candied flowers and clove. Offers an intriguing array of high- and lowpitched fruit qualities and finishes with excellent clarity and spicy persistence."
Wine Enthusiast - "Rich and complex, with savory herb, beef, spice and dried berry flavors that are intense, full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with a long, persistent finish weaving the flavors together. Drink now through 2017."
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Samsara is a Sanskrit word meaning the eternal cycle of life. The world we live in now. One of passion, oneness and harmony. This idea is key to the philosophy of Chad and Mary Melville's Samsara wines. Chad and Mary produce limited releases of Pinot Noir and Syrah from micro-sites within carefully selected vineyards. View all Samsara Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.