2008 Ojai "Melville Vineyard" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Syrah Melville is loaded with character and personality. Dark plums, tapenade and spices are some of the many notes that are woven together in this intense, varietally expressive Syrah. At four years of age, the 2008 is still an infant. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright purple. A heady bouquet displays fresh red fruits, candied flowers, lavender and Asian spices. Velvety and gently sweet, offering intense black raspberry and cherry flavors along with cola and spicecake nuances. A kick of black pepper adds lift to the pliant, persistent finish, which features darker berry and smoke qualities. Owing to its appealingly elegant character, this is delicious right now.
Combines ripe, grapey plum and wild berry character with a touch of meatiness, turning spicy and ending with a crushed rock and hot brick edge. Drink now through 2024. (Web-2013)
Well...I think Adam Tolmach makes some of the best Syrahs in the state. He has a specific block of Melville that he really likes and has been using for some time now that I think is a bit older and surely makes heftier wines than Melville's own version. The wine is way more gamey/savage than it is fruity, but that is a good thing. It also has tons of spice and a bit of youthful oak. I always tell people that Adam's Syrahs are best at 10+ years after vintage, and that is why I always try to work with older things from him. (Bryan Brick, K&L Domestic wine buyer)