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MELVILLE SYRAH "DONNA'S", STA. RITA HILLS 2015
Sleek and polished, with expressive blueberry, orange zest and smoky pepper flavors that build richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024. 584 cases made. Issue Oct 15, 2018 TF
The recently bottled 2016 Syrah Donna's grows in pure sand and was vinified with 100% whole bunches, wafting from the glass with a dramatic bouquet of blackberry, lilac, tea leaf and citrus rind. On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied, expansive and open-knit, with fine-grained, saline stem tannins and a lingering finish. This needs some time to come together after bottling, but it's a promising Syrah from Melville. Drink Date 2019 - 2026. William Kelley 27th Apr 2018
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
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.