2001 Melka - Metisse Napa Valley 750ml

USA - California - Napa - Napa Valley/ Red / Proprietary Blend
2001 Melka - Metisse Napa Valley
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International Wine Cellar | 92

($62) Good ruby-red. Currant, dark chocolate, licorice and mint on the nose. Fat and round but fresh and high-pitched, with pure, lively flavors of currant, menthol, licorice and fresh herbs. This offers excellent chewy depth. Finishes with strong but well-distributed tannins. An excellent vintage for this bottling, the first to be made completely from cabernet sauvignon.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 114

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Wine Advocate | 93

The dark ruby/purple-tinged 2001 Metisse exhibits a fully mature, St.-Emilion-like personality filled with sweet red and black currant fruit intermixed with roasted coffee, spicy oak, white chocolate, licorice and fruitcake. Medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin, an impressive texture and a long finish, this sexy, complex red can be enjoyed now and over the next 10-15+ years.

Drink Dates: 2011-2026
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 195

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Wine Spectator | 92

Intense and firmly tannic, drying throughout yet very complex in its range of tobacco, cedar, dried dark berry, roasted herb and mineral. Best to decant, and for all its tannic muscle, it is expansive on the finish and the tannins give it traction. 2001 California Cabernet blind retrospective (June 2011). Drink now through 2017.

Drink Dates: 2011-2017
Author: James Laube


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More Vintages and Sizes of Melka - Metisse Napa Valley:

1997 (750ml)

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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