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Melville Estate Syrah Verna's 2013

Melville Estate Syrah Verna's 2013

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Santa Barbara County, California - Wine Enthusiast 94 Points


WE 94 WA 93 Vinous 92 IWC 91 Pts - According to Wine Enthusiast - This is likely the last vintage from this vineyard, which the family winery seemingly mastered in this bottling. There’s an underlying umami-driven smoked meat backbone to the nose that also shows bold cherry blossom, olallieberry, pepper, dried herbs and blackberry-soy sauce. The palate is complex yet doesn’t overpower, with bits of purple flowers, blueberry, black pepper and menthol.

According to Wine Advocate - Another blockbuster is the 2013 Syrah Verna's, which comes from a vineyard located north of the Sta. Rita Hills, near Los Alamos. It was 70% destemmed and aged 10 months in neutral oak. It reveals terrific notes of cassis, peppered meats, blackberries, licorice and wood smoke to go with a full-bodied, ripe, yet beautifully balanced and layered feel on the palate. Given all the Syrahs and Pinot Noirs from Santa Barbara going for three times the price, the quality here is remarkable. In short, it's a no-brainer that will drink nicely for at least another 4-6 years. Unfortunately, this will be the last vintage from this vineyard for Melville.

According to Antonio Galloni - The 2013 Syrah Estate Verna's is impeccably balanced from start to finish, with striking interplay of aromas and flavors. Dark plum, blueberry, cloves, sage and violet are some of the notes that run through this attractive, mid-weight Syrah. The 2013 was done with 25% whole clusters. This is the last vintage for the Verna's, as Melville sold the vineyard following the harvest.

According to International Wine Cellar - Opaque ruby. Aromas of cassis, cherry compote, cured tobacco and pungent flowers, with a note of black olive emerging with air.  Fleshy, sweet and seamless in texture, offering round dark fruit preserve and bitter chocolate flavors plus a hint of spicecake. Fine-grained tannins give shape to the finish, which features a sexy floral nuance and a touch of candied violet. In a fairly savory style, which will make it very flexible at the table. 14% ABV.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Varietal/TypeSyrah - Shiraz
BrandMelville Vineyards and Winery
Size750 ML Standard
Rating94 Points, 93 Points, 92 Points, 91 Points
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