Melville Donna's Syrah 2004 Front Label
Melville Donna's Syrah 2004 Front Label

Melville Donna's Syrah 2004

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750ML / 14.9% ABV
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750ML / 14.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

A deep black, purple iodine hue describes this rich, full-bodied and complex wine that is dominated by a powerful perfume of blackberry, cherry and plum, and is loaded with seasonal spices. Contrasting this attractive nature are notes of star jasmine, violets, fennel, dark chocolate, coffee, black pepper and dried herbs. Texturally, these themes expand more broadly, giving the wine both considerable weight and mouthfeel, finishing with an intoxicating display of balance and elegance. Time in the cellar will certainly profit this wine.

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
More tight, fresh and focused, the 2004 Syrah Donna's has lots of pepper, charred meat and smoked earth characteristics with a medium to full-bodied, focused style on the palate. It lacks the girth and generosity of a top vintage, yet still has plenty to love in its classical, straight and foursquare style. I suspect its structure will outlive the fruit when all is said and done.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
Made more in a Côtes-du-Rhône style than Northern Rhône, even though it's all Syrah, this wine is medium-bodied and gentle, with approachable blackberry, cherry, cedar and milk chocolate flavors. It's almost jammy, but rich tannins and brisk acidity make it a serious red wine.
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There is no place on earth quite like the Sta. Rita Hills. The highly unusual east-west (or transverse) mountain range, close proximity to the cold Pacific, consistent coastal fog, and steady afternoon breezes together create ideal conditions for growing cold-climate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. Ron Melville and his sons recognized that these exceptional conditions, combined with their commitment to “winegrowing,” would result in wines of remarkable quality. Melville Vineyards was established in 1996 in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills and has since become one of the most highly-regarded estates in California.

With the guidance of Head Winegrower, Chad Melville, Melville’s full-time vineyard crew nurtures their 120 estate acres organically, paying close attention to the health of both the vines and the soil. Farming aggressively, yet carefully, and with the utmost respect to Mother Nature, helps encourage the vines to produce small amounts of intensely flavored/concentrated fruit. At the time of harvest, they consider the wines to already be made, and strive to not interfere with their natural path in the cellar. To this effect, they maintain a minimalist approach by aging their wines only in neutral French oak and stainless steel and utilize whole cluster fermentation to contribute to the depth, structure, and complexity of their wines.

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The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Rhône Blends of the south, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

KHM355586_2004 Item# 355586

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