Jeb Dunnuck
Melville Winery LLC, 2015 Melville Estate Syrah 'Donna's'

93
"The 2015 Syrah Donna's is a solid step back from recent vintages, yet is still a fresh, elegant, complex Syrah that offers tons of blackcurrants, black raspberries, salted meats, olive brine and peppery goodness. Full-bodied, supple and beautifully balanced, drink it over the coming 7-8 years. "
–Aug-17
Vinous
Melville Winery LLC, 2015 Melville Estate Syrah 'Donna's'

91+
"The 2015 Syrah Estate Donna's has a bit more depth and inner strength than the Estate, but perhaps a bit less in the way of aromatic nuance and tension at this stage. It will be interesting to see how both wines develop."
–Sep-17

Melville Winery LLC, 2015 Melville Estate Syrah 'Donna's'

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2015 Melville Estate Syrah 'Donna's'
Melville Winery LLC

100% Syrah
Cases Produced: 500
Clones: Estrella, Clone 1
Elevage: Aged in neutral barrel (10-20 year old French oak)
Fermentation: 100% whole cluster
Alcohol: 13.8%

Named for Ron Melville's wife, Donna's block is planted atop twenty feet of sand in the northeast section of our vineyard and is composed of equal parts clone 1 and Estrella clone. Fermented with 100% whole clusters and aged in neutral barrel, this wine provides vividly enhanced aromatics and structure making it demonstrative of the extremely cool climate of the site on which it is grown. Fruit was fermented in small 1.5 ton open-top fermenters with total skin and stem contact averaging 30 days (a 7 day cold soak, 2+ weeks fermentation and 1+ week extended maceration). From the press, the wine was transferred directly into neutral French oak barrels where it remained sur lie with no sulfur until May and was then prepared for bottling in December. Yields were 3.7 lbs/vine (3.1 tons per acre).

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Producer Page: Melville Winery LLC