Adversity Cellars - Cabernet Sauvignon Melanson Vineyard Napa Valley 2019 (750ml)


Price: $300.00

Sale Price: $240.00

Producer Adversity Cellars
Country United States
Region California
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage 2019
Sku 3620
Size 750ml

Heidi and Russell Bevan run the Adversity estate out of Stockton in California, the name being a reflection of their conviction that vines grown in adverse environments will produce the most interesting fruit, with unique flavor profiles and textural qualities. It is a small family business.


The focus is on Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, but the selection is expanding each year.


The “Melanson” bottling comes from Pritchard Hill and is the elegant lady of the portfolio. Significant difference in day and night temperatures give a refined wine with a polished texture and significant presence of blue fruits.

Jeb Dunnuck: 96 Points

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.



Wine Advocate: 95 Points

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 despite pushing the various elements to the max the wines emerge with a delicious sense of harmony and balance.

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