Tasted December 7, 2019 by csimm1161 with 42 views

Flight 1 (5 notes)

2016 Melka Sauvignon Blanc Mekerra USA, California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley
95 points
Grapefruit, guava, stone, white flowers, white peach, and apricot. Silky smoooooooth and absolutely stunning. A gorgeous mouthfeel with an added lemon verbena lift that elevates the back end and keeps the drive moving at a jack-rabbit’s pace. And yet, even with the energy brimming from the core, it maintains a near-perfect and balanced execution. Flavor distribution fans out with deliberate intention. Always a beautiful domestic SB and typically one of my favorites. 94-95+ points.
2016 Melka Syrah Majestique Paderewski Vineyard USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles
95 points
Perfumed and floral, the front end of this purple popper follows up with notes of blackberry, blueberry, red/purple plum, and a hit of charcuterie. A Cote Rotie interpretation from the famed Paderewski Vineyard, the 2016 Melka Syrah almost fools you inot believing there’s a little Viognier co-ferment in here. Not so sayeth Melka; 100% Syrah it is. Less heat here than the Saxums of the world, but with plenty of undulating power and drive. Signature Melka smoothness. 94-95+ points.
2015 Melka Mekerra USA, California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley
94 points
Cabernet Franc-heavy on the front end of the attack, with black and red cherry, embers, and violets kicking off the initial push. The mid and back seem to grab better hold of the Merlot component, finishing rounder and softer than how it began. This seems to already be entering into an agreeable drinking window, though ideally a few more years will likely make for an even more compelling sipper. Not a ton of fireworks, but certainly a well thought-out iteration of Right Bank Bordeaux. 94+ points.
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2016 Melka Métisse Martinez Vineyard Pritchard Hill USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
96 points
From the first sip, anyone who is familiar with Pritchard Hill knows that this wine speaks loud and clear about its roots. Tension-driven and nervy; high on acid and higher-toned aromatics on the initial swig, with the front end clenching the palate a bit before it relaxes enough to allow notes of blackberry seed, black raspberry, plum skin, and bark to surface. Tight and grippy in that locked-and-loaded style, with an energy-driven primary fruit core that begs for time in the bottle. But fear not, the stuffing is there and it’s real. For now, it’s slightly stemmy on the finish (but in a good way), adding to the frame and heightening the flavor profile along with some iron and Kauai red dirt (you know…Kauai……where Pritchard Hill is located…right?!). 96+ points.
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2014 Melka Cabernet Sauvignon Métisse Montbleau USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
92 points
Rich chocolatey black raspberry, licorice, and black cherry liqueur rush up front-and-center with the initial kick of fat fruit on the attack. A highly perfumed candy shop of flavor, like a Viognier and a Hershey bar had a candy baby that fills its diaper with raspberries and chocolate sauce (yeah…let that image sit with you for a minute). For the first ten minutes of sipping and conversation, this was quite a performer (if not fairly cloying on the finish)…And then….Air infiltrated this happy dancer and turned it into a flat-footed dud….as in, really quickly from PnP to sitting in the glass. The roundness of the 2014 started to show in spades, and then it showed more, and more, and more…to the point it flattened-out so much it became one-note within 30 minutes. Surprising and disappointing. 94-ish on the first sip….89-91 on the second, third, fourth…… Let’s play nice and go with 92 points, but I’m not sure what to say about how quickly this chameleon devolved.
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