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2017 MELANSON, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2017 MELANSON, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

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, the wine is highlighted by flavors of black currants, tobacco leaves, cola and hints of chocolate. Intense fruit is framed by a very sturdy and age worthy tannin structure. This wine will age elegantly for the next 10-15 years.

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• Jeb Dunnuck (97 Points)

"All Cabernet and aged 20 months in new barrels, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard comes from a site in the hills east of the town of Saint Helena. It offers a stunning bouquet of red and black currants, tobacco leaves, damp earth, and hints of chocolate to go with a ripe, powerful, yet elegant style on the palate. Flawlessly balanced, with ripe, silky tannins, it's certainly a gem in the vintage and has everything you could want for a classic, ageworthy, world class Cabernet Sauvignon. It's going to develop additional nuance with 4-5 years of bottle age and have 2-3 decades of overall longevity."

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 25, 2017
Acid
6.1 g/L
pH
3.64
Aging
20 months in Bordeaux French oak, 100% New Oak
Bottling Date
July 16, 2019
Residual Sugar
DRY
Alcohol %
14.2
Wine Spectator
92
Wine Advocate
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
97 Points - Jeb Dunnuck - All Cabernet and aged 20 months in new barrels, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard comes from a site in the hills east of the town of Saint Helena. It offers a stunning bouquet of red and black currants, tobacco leaves, damp earth, and hints of chocolate to go with a ripe, powerful, yet elegant style on the palate. Flawlessly balanced, with ripe, silky tannins, it's certainly a gem in the vintage and has everything you could want for a classic, ageworthy, world class Cabernet Sauvignon. It's going to develop additional nuance with 4-5 years of bottle age and have 2-3 decades of overall longevity.
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
Winter provided a record-breaking rainfall, a welcome end to the 4 years of drought. Bloom and fruit set in May occured under ideal conditions. Summer was warm but the vines weathered the heat well and maturity moved along at a steady pace. The 2017 wine quality shows a lot of sweet fruit flavors and firm tannin structure in the reds. Looking like it will be another classic year! - 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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