2016 Melka Métisse Jumping Goat

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 93 points

    February 7, 2019 - Melka: Kicking out just as much energy as the 2012 sampled before it, but managing to counterbalance some of its speed with notable intensity and concentration, the 2016 Jumping Goat catapults notes of bright cassis, black and red cherry, rose pedals, granite, and a significant amount swirling booze. This is all about the vibrancy and zest at the moment. Riding high, acidic, and primary in its current state, but seemingly with enough stuffing to integrate the totality of its components into a more cohesive beast after a solid 3-5+ years in bottle, this 2016 is compelling, if not completely rowdy and wild currently.

    93+ points, with upside after 2022/2023+.

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  • TXRDW commented:

    2/18/19, 6:06 PM - Great notes CSIMM on the 2016 and 2012 Jumping Goat. I’m intrigued by this wine, but not in a rush to make the investment. Given the competition, $195 is a tough call.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    2/19/19, 7:33 AM - At the end of the day, I passed on this wine. It is seemingly well crafted, but it didn’t compel me to invest given the tariff. At some point price has to matter. At $100 it’s got enough potential that it’d be “worth” it. At $150, it’s a weak maaaaaybe. At $200, I’m out. The 2012s performance didn’t help sell the longevity of the 2016 either. Again, they are good wines, but they fall behind the pack amongst the more sophisticated and complex wines in the $200 bracket out of Napa.

  • TXRDW commented:

    2/21/19, 2:59 PM - I completely agree. I ended up hesitating yesterday on VHR at $225 and it sold out. I was on the fence given the price vs the 100 point Galloni rating. Lots of tough decisions in this hobby.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    2/21/19, 3:39 PM - Ya I passed on VHR too. AG100 carries less weight for my palate preference anyway. He rated Togni 100 too, which was... well.... telling. VHR’s price hikes over the recent vintages have been a bit eyebrow-raising anyway for me.

  • TXRDW commented:

    2/21/19, 4:35 PM - I feel much better knowing you passed on the VHR too. It sold out so quickly I thought I might have missed out on a epic wine given the score. I did go out on a bit of a limb on a new wine for me that I found intriguing - a Corra 2016 Melanson. Given the Pritchard Hill source I’m hoping I found a gem.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    2/21/19, 4:46 PM - Haven’t had the Corra. Melanson is an interesting site with a lot of potential. Tor/Jeff Ames pulls fruit from there. It needs a ton of time to shed those Pritchard Hill tannins, but the stuffing is all there. 2016 is a good year to experiment with new wines for sure!

  • TXRDW commented:

    2/21/19, 7:13 PM - Corra is Celia Welche’s label. I’ve had her wines since 2012. I think you might find it an interesting wine to try. Very smooth and elegant. This is my first Melanson version, hoping it is good.

  • csimm1161 commented:

    2/21/19, 7:43 PM - I do like what Celia does with Scarecrow. There is an elegance and sophistication to the wines without coming off neutered or flaccid. I’ve been aware of her Corra label, but have never sampled. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

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