International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93($125) Deep ruby-red. Extremely backward, medicinal nose conveys an exotic sweetness to the aromas of crushed blueberry, chocolate, caramel, licorice and marzipan. Then lush and seamless in the mouth; in a distinctly feminine style and offering plenty of early sweetness and sex appeal. Perhaps still a bit youthfully monolithic, but there's plenty of structure underneath to support development in bottle. Finishes with broad, late-arriving tannins. Melka emphasizes that his wine has been from a single vineyard since 2003 (a property next to Spottswoode, owned by Jim Gamble), but that he is only now denoting this on the label.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: May/June 2010
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93Firm and well-structured, showing a tight mix of spicy blackberry and wild berry fruit, with notes of spice, mineral and sage. Full-bodied, focused and persistent, ending with a rich, loamy earth and forest floor aftertaste. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot.Author: James Laube
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96From the Jumping Goat Vineyard within the St. Helena area, the 2007 Metisse Cabernet Sauvignon Jumping Goat Vineyard (a 400-case blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot) is a brilliant wine. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by a classic nose of spring flowers, black currants, coffee beans, smoke, and forest floor. Full-bodied with silky tannins, a voluptuous texture, and real opulence and length, it comes across like a French right bank wine rather than a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominated red.Author: Robert Parker
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.
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 126 bottles owned
- 28 collectors