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2019 Melville Donna's Estate Syrah

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September 25, 2022 - $31

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RATINGS

96Jeb Dunnuck

Ground pepper, black olives, tapenade, and bloody red and blue fruits all define the bouquet, and it's full-bodied, with moderate acidity, ripe polished tannins, and a monster of a finish.

95+ The Wine Advocate

...perfume of blue and black berries, licorice, cast iron and wafts of mint chocolate and tapenade. Fresh, medium-bodied and lacy, the elegant palate offers savory fruits and a long, uplifted finish.

94Vinous / IWC

...fabulous. Silky and aromatic, with stunning textural finesse... Bright red-toned fruit, rose petal, cedar, tobacco and blood orange add lift throughout.

REGION

United States, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County, Santa Rita Hills

Santa Rita Hills AVA in northern Santa Barbara County was granted appellation status in 2001. Located between the towns of Lompoc and Buellton, it has a total area of 30,720 acres with 2,700 vineyard acres. The area is considered a cool climate for vineyards, so vineyards are most often planted with the cool-weather grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The hills in the western part of this appellation are directly exposed to the Pacific Ocean, meaning that maritime winds and fog make the western edge of the Santa Rita Hills AVA particularly cool. The Sanford & Benedict Vineyard planted in 1971 was the first vineyard in the district and is still considered one of the best.

TYPE

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.