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Wine Guide > Melville Vineyards > Estate Syrah – Donna's

Melville Vineyards

2005 Estate Syrah – Donna's
Santa Rita Hills

Also from one of our small lot collection of wines, and named for Ron Melville’s wife, Donna, this is 100% Santa Rita Hills estate fruit from a 3.6 acre section planted to two clones, Estrella and Clone 1 Shiraz, on three different low-vigor rootstocks.

More robust and complex than the High Density, this year’s Donna’s has effusive aromatics of black cherry, dark plum, black pepper, black licorice, tobacco leaf and Moroccan spice. There are other subtle hints of boysenberry kirsch, purple flowers, dried sage, charcoaled meats, asphalt and wet leather. The wine’s mouthfeel matches up to this intensity of flavor adding breadth and complexity. The wine finishes slightly youthful at this stage but certainly offers a bright future as it continues to harmonize.

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