Pulido-Walker Melanson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

$169.99

Rare new Cabernet from opne of Napa's newest cult wineries. 94+ Points Robert Parker:  "The dense purple-colored 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard (100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Clone 7) possesses more weight, structure and fruit richness than the 2011 as well as more tannin. It seems both less evolved and less dramatic than most 2012s. The wine is loaded with pure blackberry and blueberry fruit intermixed with licorice, camphor and forest floor. Full-bodied and opulent with some tannin that kicks in in the back, it will benefit from several years of cellaring, and should drink well for two decades... ...The winemaker at this small boutique operation owned by Mark Pulido and Donna Walker is none other than Thomas Brown. Obviously, some of the selections for their wines come from the increasingly well-known Melanson Vineyard on Pritchard Hill, and of course, others come from a site Thomas Brown utilizes for his own label, the St. Helena vineyard of Panek, which is a 5.5-acre parcel just to the north of St. Helena in an old Napa river bed. These are super-impressive wines."

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Ratings on Delectable

Shay A Delectable Pro

A different beast than the Panek. This felt more balanced. The core of this had a similar fruit profile of blue and black fruits, but it had more charcoal, cedar, graphite to it for an added complexity. Between the two, I’d definitely hold this one longer.

A different beast than the Panek. This felt more balanced. The core of this had a similar fruit profile of blue and black fruits, but it had more charcoal, cedar, graphite to it for an added complexity. Between the two, I’d definitely hold this one longer.

9.5

Andrew Holloway Delectable Pro

Ripe and rich

Ripe and rich

9.2

Grant Everett

In a great spot. Very balanced

In a great spot. Very balanced

9.5

leon egozi

WOTN tied with a 1999 magnum of Shafer hillside select which I didn't get a picture of!

WOTN tied with a 1999 magnum of Shafer hillside select which I didn't get a picture of!

9.6

David Rubinoff

Power is on

Power is on

9.2

Howard Greenfield

Tons of fruit- needs more bottle time

Tons of fruit- needs more bottle time

9.3

William Mellon

Whoa! Big fella. Held your own alongside two vintages of first growths. Power, structure and enough hidden finesse to last for a good hibernation in the cellar. One of my favorite winemakers who continues to make noise all over the valley.

Whoa! Big fella. Held your own alongside two vintages of first growths. Power, structure and enough hidden finesse to last for a good hibernation in the cellar. One of my favorite winemakers who continues to make noise all over the valley.

9.2

Kelvin Woodfin

Silky smooth. This 12 is amazing!

Silky smooth. This 12 is amazing!

9.3

C Kent

Big California Cab. Raisin, Dark cherry, tobacco and smokey on nose and tongue. Good tannins and great length. Love it.

Big California Cab. Raisin, Dark cherry, tobacco and smokey on nose and tongue. Good tannins and great length. Love it.

9.4

Ken Kodger

2012

2012

9.1

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