Adversity Cellars Melanson 2019
|California, Napa Valley
Jeb Dunnuck says, "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."
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. Adversity Cellars is the husband-and-wife label of Russell and Heidi Bevan. Sourcing fruit from some of the same vineyards he taps for his other labels Bevan has turned out a bevy of high-quality wines. We recently caught up in Tarrytown New York where he and Heidi presented a few bottled wines (already sold out at the winery) and representative samples of their 2021s still in barrel scheduled to be bottled this summer. For those unfamiliar with Bevan's winemaking style these are rich full-throttle red wines made from vineyards chosen/managed for lower-than-average yields picked at high levels of ripeness fermented using a yeast strain originally isolated from Williams Selyem and aged in high proportions of new French oak?Taransaud and Darnajou for the Bordeaux varieties. Somehow de