2009 Samsara "Melville Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah

SKU #1125224 96 points Vinous

 Chad Melville’s 2009 Samsara Syrah Melville Vineyard was impressive from the beginning and was equally superb here. Intensely aromatic and fragrant, it was one of the most savory, exotic, layered wines in this tasting. Screamingly beautiful and haunting, the Syrah Melville was breathtaking. (AG)  (6/2013)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright purple. Intensely perfumed scents of black and blue fruits, olive and violet, with sexy Indian spice nuances and a touch of woodsmoke. Broad, sappy, alluringly sweet cassis, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors show superb clarity and power, with cracked pepper and black cardamon notes on the back half. Finishes sappy and long, with resonating spiciness, florality and outstanding persistence. This wine was fermented with 100% whole clusters and was one of the most intriguing bottles that I tasted from the region this year. (JR)  (11/2011)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Rich, extracted and dramatic, dazzling in blackberry, currant, anise and smoky aromas and flavors. It’s a big, tannic, flamboyant young wine, just at the start of its journey.  (5/2012)

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.

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Alcohol Content (%): 14.6