Adversity Cellars Melanson 2019
|California, Napa Valley
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 palate 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. Situated at the tip top of Prichard Hill, the Melanson vineyard is the elegant lady in our portfolio. You would expect wines from the top of a mountain to be masculine, but this vineyard produces wines that showcase blueberries and huckleberry flavors like none other. The combination of dappled light and a large diurnal temperature swing, creates the perfect environment for long, slow ripening which gives this wine its incredibly polished textures and refinement." -Winery
International Wine Report
The 2019 Melanson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Adversity Cellars is simply magnificent. It immediately starts off by displaying an impressive dark inky color, which is followed by seductive aromas of blueberry compote and ripe dark berries that are accompanied by fresh violets, dark chocolate, exotic spices, fresh sage, graphite and hints of loam that all take shape and burst from the glass. On the palate this is full-bodied, layered and impeccably polished, with outstanding overall depth and concentration. It goes on to impress with its rich, seamless texture that resonates all the way through the lavish finish. This is a magical wine from Russell Bevan that perfectly walks the fine line of power and finesse. It is nothing short of stunning and should go on to age beautifully, but it's also so delicious right now! Drink: 2021-2050. (Aug 2021)"
"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. Drink: 2022-2042. (4/30/21)"
Adversity's 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard is all Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 337 from a vineyard on Pritchard Hill above Colgin's property. Huge waves of black olive, blackberry and black cherry appear on the nose, but they're all nicely proportioned and balanced overall. This is a full-bodied, ripe wine, but it's still a bit edgy, firmly tannic and structured, with a long, dusty finish.