Melanson Vineyards is located on Pritchard Hill on the eastern slopes, east of Rutherford, CA. The site sits at 1400' and produces better than average fruit due to its exposure, clones, soils and most of all, care. Arns Syrah comes from a small corner of this vineyard and sits in a major rock pile. There was soil added so a vine could be planted in something other than boulders. This particular growing season was cool and wet laying a foundation for mildew and other issues. Syrah berries are large, about the size of a quarter and their skins are tough and can endure sometimes even the most unfavorable conditions. With above average sunshine, (this site is above the fog line) it truly demonstrates that terroir really matters.
The expression of fruit is very consistent with previous years. This Vintage may be remembered for lower yields, but will be defined by some incredibly site-driven and expressive wines characterized by bright fruit, sound acidities and elegant tannin profiles.
- Winemaker: Sandi Belcher
- Vineyard: Greg Melanson - Pritchard Hill
- Appellation: Napa Valley
- Varietal: 100% Syrah
- Barrel Aging: 3 Years in French Oak
- Production: 127 Cases 750ml. - no 1.5L
- Age: 10 - 13 years
- Alcohol: 14.8% by Vol.