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2016 MELANSON, Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 MELANSON, Cabernet Sauvignon

This limited release wine 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.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate (97 Points) – Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvingon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard has a deep purple-black color and stunning perfume of candied violets, chocolate-covered cherries, potpourri and menthol over a warm cassis and crushed black plums core plus a waft of garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house, with a firm, grainy texture and tons of freshness lifting the densely packed fruit to a good long finish. Drink 2020 – 2038.

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Melanson Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 24, 2016
Acid
6.4 g/L
pH
3.61
Aging
21 months in 60-gallon Allier and Center of France French oak barrels
Bottling Date
July 17, 2018
Residual Sugar
DRY
Alcohol %
13.9
Wine Advocate
97
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
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate (97 Points) – Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvingon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard has a deep purple-black color and stunning perfume of candied violets, chocolate-covered cherries, potpourri and menthol over a warm cassis and crushed black plums core plus a waft of garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house, with a firm, grainy texture and tons of freshness lifting the densely packed fruit to a good long finish. Drink 2020 – 2038. James Suckling (92 Points) – This has an entire spectrum of blackberry aromas, but also great freshness and crisp acidity, together with fine tannins, making this feel remarkably light on its feet for a top Napa cabernet. Great energy at the long, clean and dry finish. Try to wait until at least 2021.
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
"Following the very small 2015 harvest, it was heartening to see the vines recover and bounce back to produce not only extremely high quality fruit but also some bounty in 2016! Harvest was earlier than we expected, and we observed optimum flavor and phenolic development progress as we harvested. Across the board, the flavors and acids were exceptional, and a delicious balance evolved as the harvest proceeded. Acids are firm and pH is slightly lower, so the wines should be well-structured with very good aging potential. This is an exciting vintage with a lot to like! —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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