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.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (95+ Points) - From Pritchard Hill, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard emanates from those red, volcanic, rocky soils above Oakville in the Vaca Mountains. Rich, concentrated and intense with loads of blackberry and black raspberry fruit, cassis, floral notes and underlying earthy minerality, this is a big, backstrapping, concentrated and dense wine meant for long-term cellaring. It is approachable now, but will be better in 5-6 years and last 25-30.
Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media (92 Points) - The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard is plush and inviting, with striking textural richness and depth. Black cherry, plum, spice and menthol are all fused together in a sumptuous, striking Cabernet endowed with terrific depth. Mocha, chocolate, new French oak and lavender wrap around the juicy finish.