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2012 MELANSON, Magnum

2012 MELANSON, Magnum

Selected as a Cellar Selection by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. This limited release Magnum is a wonderful example of the unique terroir of Pritchard Hill, touted for its steep, well-drained sloped and rugged volcanic soils. Melanson Vineyard rests high on the eastern hills which overlooks Lake Hennessey in the Napa's eastern mountains. Inky black in color, black fruit aromas and earthy notes show the intensity and character of this wine. Intense fruit is framed by a very sturdy and age worthy tannin structure. This wine will age elegantly for the next 10-15 years, large format bottles have been known for their ability to elegantly age wine.


Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast Magazine (93 Points, Cellar Selection) - From a vineyard atop Pritchard Hill, this wine delivers big, bold flavors and structure. Integrated tannins form around flavors of cloves, baking spices and dried herbs. Blackberry and black cherry pop in between a flinty, earthy side. Drink through 2022.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media (93 Points) - The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard is another dark, voluptuous beauty from Castello di Amorosa. Here, too, the style is deceptively mid-weight, yet there is plenty of complexity in the glass. Sweet herbs, tobacco, licorice and lavender open up as the wine builds through the mid-palate and into the finish with gorgeous intensity.

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (92 Points) - The dense ruby/purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard comes from the eastern Vaca Mountains, overlooking St. Helena, part of the area known as Pritchard Hill (an incredible source for some great wines). This 2012 possesses beautiful black raspberry and blueberry fruit intermixed with notions of spring flowers. Medium to full-bodied, elegant but intense, it is hard to resist at present, but should evolve gracefully for a decade.

*93 Points - Wine Enthusiast*
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SKU: WRL3092
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
St. Helena, Napa Valley
Harvest Date
October 16, 2012
Acid
5.6 g/L
pH
3.68
Aging
20 months in Bordeaux French oak, 76% New Oak
Bottling Date
July 10, 2014
Residual Sugar
DRY
Alcohol %
14.3
Wine Enthusiast
93
Robert Parker
92
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Inky black in color, velvety tannis, black fruit aromas and earthy notes show the intensity and character of this site.
Ratings
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast Magazine (93 Points, Cellar Selection) - From a vineyard atop Pritchard Hill, this wine delivers big, bold flavors and structure. Integrated tannins form around flavors of cloves, baking spices and dried herbs. Blackberry and black cherry pop in between a flinty, earthy side. Drink through 2022. Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media (93 Points) - The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard is another dark, voluptuous beauty from Castello di Amorosa. Here, too, the style is deceptively mid-weight, yet there is plenty of complexity in the glass. Sweet herbs, tobacco, licorice and lavender open up as the wine builds through the mid-palate and into the finish with gorgeous intensity.  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (92 Points) - The dense ruby/purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard comes from the eastern Vaca Mountains, overlooking St. Helena, part of the area known as Pritchard Hill (an incredible source for some great wines). This 2012 possesses beautiful black raspberry and blueberry fruit intermixed with notions of spring flowers. Medium to full-bodied, elegant but intense, it is hard to resist at present, but should evolve gracefully for a decade.
Vineyard Notes
Vineyard rests high (1,200 ft) on the Eastern hills of the Napa Valley overlooking Saint Helena. The location, known as Pritchard Hill, is touted for its steep, well-drained slopes and rugged volcanic soils.
Winemaker Notes
2012 was a vintage to remember. Near perfect weather conditions resulted in a rare combination of high quality fruit and an abundant crop load. 2012 promises to be truly exceptional; with wines of well-structured tannins, rich concentration, and developed aromatics defining the vintage. - Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking
Food Pairing Notes
This bold single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon pairs beautifully with filet mignon, roast duck, or venison with wild mushrooms.
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