The 22-acre Houyi Vineyard boasts everything that makes Pritchard Hill one of the top grape-growing sites in California: deep-red iron-rich soils, hunks of volcanic rock, and a 1400-foot perch above the fog line that blesses it with abundant sunshine. In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, the property also has tiny blocks of Grenache and Syrah that thrive in the high-elevation sunshine of Pritchard Hill. In 2018, Melka and Nine Suns Director of Winemaking Lloyd Matthews blended them with Cab (41%), Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc to produce a full snapshot of this one-of-a-kind plot. Sunbird bursts with the presence that Pritchard Hill is famous for, showing a deep purple-ruby color, and a nose of warm plums and blackberry, accented by mocha and vanilla. With ripe black cherries, toast, and espresso on the palate, the wine is swaddled in robust and ripe tannins that make for a smooth texture, with intensity and beautiful balance.
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