Samsara 2011 Syrah, Melville Vineyard, Santa Barbara County, CA
Wine Advocate rating: 89..."Earl Grey tea, sage, rosemary, mint and crushed rose petals lift from the glass in the 2011 Syrah Melville Vineyard. In 2011, the Melville is deeply spiced, peppery and savory, with perhaps a little less explosiveness than is typically the case. This mid-weight Syrah is best enjoyed over the next few years. The 2011 was vinified with 40% whole clusters and aged in neutral oak, but before that, Melville had to wait until Thanksgiving to bring in this fruit!"