2018 Melville Estate Donna's Syrah Sta Rita Hills California USA
Deep indigo in color, intense and rich aromatics of Chinese five spice, dark cocoa bean and smoked sea salt come through initially. In the background, dense notes of blueberry compote, beef yakitori and porcini mushroom mingle with softer floral hints of violets and lavender. The wine displays tremendous concentration and balance on the palate with fine, dusty tannins that frame a powerful and lengthy finish.
Not destemmed and seeing an extended maceration, the 2018 Syrah Estate Donna's is another Cornas look-alike that boasts a saturated purple color to go with a huge nose of smoked black fruits, beef blood, ground pepper, crushed violets, and bacon fat. It's rich, full-bodied, concentrated, and beautifully balanced, with both tannins and acidity. This beauty will keep for 10-15 years and is up with some of the top examples of Syrah in this report.
Rated 96+ Points Jeb Dunnuck