JD96+ Coming from a vineyard on Pritchard Hill, just across from Colgan, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard is a bigger, dense, powerful wine that stays incredibly elegant and seamless. Blue fruits, crushed stone, sagebrush, and gravelly earth are just some of its nuances, and it’s full-bodied and uber-concentrated, with building tannins and wonderful length. It’s another sensational wine in the lineup that will benefit from short-term cellaring yet evolve for two decades.
Winemaker Notes: The Melanson Vineyard sits on the top of Pritchard Hill and exemplifies all of the things that make the wines from the area so spectacular. It starts with a flavor profile that is driven by blueberries and pomegranate. These two incredibly singular flavors just pulse from the glass. We intentionally selected barrels that would produce a hint of vanilla bean to the wine. The result is this fabulous combination of berries and cream. Like many of my favorite wines from this area, the textures here build on the back of your pallet and continue to be pulled to the front. The wine’s natural acidity eventually takes over and begs you to take a bite of a chard medium rare steak.
Adversity Cellars is a project from Russell and Heidi Bevan that is designed to showcase sites that have unique flavor and textural profiles from vineyards whose location forces the vines to struggle for their existence; forcing them to deal with great Adversity.