Pulido Walker Melanson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Pulido Walker Melanson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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Category Red Wine
Region California, Napa Valley, St Helena
Brand Pulido Walker
Alcohol/vol 14.5%
Recent vintages of the Pulido~Walker Melanson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon exhibit a broad mix of savory and herbal elements with black fruit. The 2017 is much more red-fruit focused, harkening back to the fresh taste profile of earlier vintages. This refreshing red-fruit quality, accentuated by the heat, is clearly the overarching characteristic of the 2017 Napa Valley vintage. The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is a similar clonal mix to previous vintages: old vine 7, old vine 337, and young vine 7. We have come to rely on the bright, red-fruited clone 337 to complement the intensity of clone 7. However, the preponderance of red fruit in all lots meant the final blend required less 337 to shine. We're pleased to offer a Melanson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon that doesn't demand great patience to thoroughly enjoy.
Jeb Dunnuck
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Even better, I suspect the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon might be a candidate for the wine of the vintage with 4-5 years of bottle age. From a vineyard on Pritchard Hill, just across from Colgin, and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this inky colored beauty offers loads of blueberry and blackcurrant liqueur-like fruits as well as lots of spice, flowery incense, and subtle herbal undertones. Textbook Cabernet on the nose, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, building tannins, a stacked mid-palate, and a great, great finish. It's one of the few wines in the vintage that comes close to rivaling its 2015 and 2016 counterparts. The cellar will be your friend on this one, though, and a good 4-6 years of bottle age are warranted.

January 31, 2020