Pulido Walker Melanson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Pulido Walker Melanson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley, St Helena
Brand Pulido Walker
Alcohol/vol 14.7%
The 2016 Pulido~Walker Melanson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is beautifully site driven. Akin to the 2013 vintage, there is plenty of tannin and crushed rock to mark this as a Pritchard Hill wine, although not excessively so, thanks to a buffering acidity similar to what we saw in the 2014 vintage. As with that vintage, the 2016 tastes unmistakably like the Melanson Vineyard: liquid minerals, white flowers, plenty of dark fruit. The structural characteristics married to the deep black fruits, savory notes, and dried herb qualities we've come to expect from this site make this a rounded, complete wine. That completeness will surely be the trademark of this extraordinary 2016 Napa Valley vintage-the best of a superb run of five vintages from 2012 to 2016.
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Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon coming from Melanson Vineyard on Pritchard Hill, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard offers a deep garnet-purple color and delicate, slightly subdued black cherries and wild sage notions to begin, soon unfurling to show its multilayered glory: cassis, kirsch, lilacs and warm plums over forest floor, truffles, grilled meats and marmite toast nuances plus a hint of cardamom. Medium to full-bodied, solidly built and beautifully taut, it is packed with layered nuances and textured by superbly ripe, fine-grained tannins, finishing with great length with an invigorating lift. 210 cases were produced.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, July 2019