Samsara Melville Vineyard Syrah 2007
Syrah/Shiraz from Central Coast, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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%.
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."
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Learn About Samsara
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.
Learn About Central Coast
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 Facts...
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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...
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