1997 Melka - Metisse Napa Valley 750ml

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1997 Melka - Metisse Napa Valley

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International Wine Cellar | 90

Saturated ruby-red. Floral aromas of raspberry, mocha, licorice, chocolate and mint; slightly roasted aspect. Fat, sweet and mouthfilling; currant and black plum flavors are brightened by ripe, integrated acidity. A lovely combination of power and finesse. Finishes with substantial but fine tannins; initially showed an edge of acidity but became more harmonious with aeration.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 90

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Wine Advocate | 93

Metisse is the name of the limited production wine made by the talented young French winemaking consultant, Philippe Melka (also the winemaker for Seavey and J. Lail Vineyards). The 1997 Proprietary Red (450 cases made from 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Franc) is a blend that is similar to that of the famed Chateau Haut-Brion, but the wine tastes more like a Pomerol. Deep ruby/purple, with an exuberant, exotic nose of espresso beans lathered in melted chocolate, and jammy cherry/cassis. Full-bodied and velvety-textured, this opulent, hedonistic, gorgeously textured wine is already thrilling to drink.

Drink Dates: 2000-2016
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 126

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About This Producer


Philippe and Cherie Melka, co-proprietors of Melka Wines, together share a passion and love for fine wines and a dedication to a simple, singular goal; to produce a high quality, limited production of fine wines. Philippe, born and trained in Bordeaux, is winemaking consultant to several of Napa Valley's premium wineries. Cherie, a long-time Californian, has pursued her career in the wine industry since 1988 as a trained enologist at some of California's greatest wineries.

The Metisse Proprietary Red Wine is made from a four acre vineyard located in St. Helena, California, next to Spottswoode winery, that was planted by David Abreu in 1999 to Bordeaux varieties. The soil profile, reminscent of Chateau Haut Brion, is very rich in gravels. The gravelly loamy texture allows the roots to penetrate deeply into the ground increasing the character and depth of the grapes.

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