“California, 10 Cool-Climate Syrahs with Complexity and Depth”
By Matt Kettmann
Published on August 28, 2020
“In Santa Barbara County’s Sta. Rita Hills, producers such as Melville Winery have been interrupting the region’s heavy flow of Pinot Noir with such Syrahs for decades…”
Melville 2018 Donna’s Block Syrah (Sta. Rita Hills)
$50, 96 points
Cracked black pepper, black currant and dark violet make for a cool-climate expression with tons of floral smoothness. There is heft to the sip, where black pepper, dried herbs and black fruits are sliced by a zesty acidity.