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 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.
Samsara (the Sanskrit word for “eternal life”) is a project of Chad and Mary Melville, members of the well-known Melville family.
The Wine Advocate
"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."
International Wine Cellar
"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."