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2006 Melville Estate Verna's Syrah

ITEM 8462342 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility

Bidder Amount Total
micta5 $25 $25
Item Sold Amount Date
I8462342 1 $25 Oct 2, 2022
I8442282 1 $25 Sep 18, 2022
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93The Wine Advocate

...exhibits sweet, peppery, black raspberry and black currant fruit along with more definition and minerality as well as the classic opulence and suppleness that makes Syrah such a captivating and endearing wine.

91Vinous / IWC

Powerful aromas of blackberry, plum jam, cracked pepper and violet; really smells like the northern Rhone. Fleshy red and dark berry flavors are given lift by tangy minerals and refreshing bitterness by cherry skin and pit notes.



Melville Vineyards is in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation of California’s Central Coast. It was established in 1996 when Ron Melville, a businessman, developed 82 acres of vineyards in Lompoc, in the western Santa Ynez Valley. He later purchased more land in Santa Barbara County. The winemaker is Greg Brewer, who is also co-owner of Brewer-Clifton winery. The estate has 139 acres of vineyard planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Viognier.


United States, California, South Coast, Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County is not an AVA, but a region just south of San Luis Obispo that includes the Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley appellations. Wine has been produced in the area since the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted vineyards. It wasn’t until the 1990s, however, that producers focused on growing premier grapes for fine wines. During the 1990s more than 10,000 acres of vineyards were planted, and today there are nearly 20,000 acres of vineyards. The region received a big bump in recognition and prestige when the popular film “Sideways” was shot there in 2004. Because the region is affected by maritime weather, it is relatively cool climate makes it ideal for Chardonnay. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and an increasingly adventuresome number of varietals are also grown successfully in Santa Barbara County.


Red Wine, Syrah (Shiraz)

This grape is grown in milder climates and produces a medium-to full-bodied wine. It is also known as Shiraz, but should not be confused with Petit Sirah, which was developed by crossing Syrah with Peloursin.