2014 Melville "Estate" Sta. Rita Hills Syrah

SKU #1272925 95 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark I always love the two blockbuster Syrahs from this estate, both of which need to be sought out by readers. Tons of black olive, smoked and salted meats, as well as ripe dark fruits all emerge from the incredibly polished, elegant and layered 2014 Syrah Estate, which is just an off the hook value. Inky colored, layered, yet graceful and light on its feet, with gorgeous fruit, drink this beauty over the coming 4-5 years, although I wouldn't be surprised to see it evolve for longer. (JD) Inner quote mark (7/2016)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Melville's 2014 Syrah Estate is aromatic and lifted in style, with distinct Pinot inflections, which I suppose is not much of a surprise. Blueberry, lavender, white pepper and menthol are all nicely delineated in this attractive, mid-weight Syrah. The 40% whole clusters are not especially evident, but are felt mostly texturally rather than in the wine's flavor profile. (AG) Inner quote mark (9/2016)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark There's intriguing precision to the nose of this bottling from Chad Melville and family. A laser-sharp line of tart elderberry, black-plum skins and black-cherry skins cut through the dark earth, tar and purple-flower elements. The palate blends approachable black raspberry, dark strawberry and muddled mulberry fruit with touches of coffee and dark cocoa. (MK) Inner quote mark (12/2016)

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By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/23/2016 | Send Email
This Syrah was one of my favorite wines from a recent domestic staff tasting. There is a beautiful marriage of fruit and savory elements that I just love. Smoked meats, cherry cola, chocolate, blackberry and pepper are all present and in great balance. Drinks great now and I would love to see its evolution in a few years as well.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2016 | Send Email
It's a robust, hearty Syrah packed with notes of smoked bacon, coppa, tapenade, capers, black plum, and baking spices. Smoked red meat and cured pork take center stage here, with black fruits and white pepper coming in for support. This could be from St. Joseph and priced at $60+ if I didn't know better. But I do, and it's from Melville, and criminally under-priced at $30 each.

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