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Reply to "TN REQ- Melville 2000 Syrah"

I like Melville pinots a lot. That said, I frankly don't agree with any of the above posts. I do not find this the least bit similar to a Northern Rhone and instead find it to be the result of a pinot noir house making syrah. It is very highly perfumed, with Coca Cola smells predominating, and a slight element of VA. It has intense upfront fruit, atypically zingy black cherry and not particularly syrah-like in the flavor department, and predominant highly charred oak. It's intensity is followed unexpectedly by a very flabby structure with little mid-palate or finish. I would describe it as intensely elegant, like a well made pinot, but made with syrah instead. Keeping it open and drinking most of it on Day 2 is recommended because somehow it gains some structure after 24 hours of air (just cork it with no vacuming or gas). I don't think it's a bad wine, but a bit clumsy and like I say, a pinot-styled Syrah. It's similar to, but distinct from a typical Dehlinger, if that helps.
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