White

2016 Melka Sauvignon Blanc Mekerra

Sauvignon Blanc

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Knights Valley
Drink between 2019 - 2020 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 8

  • csimm1161 wrote: 96 points

    April 30, 2021 - 3 days in Napa: Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Maxem, The French Laundry, Christopher Tynan, Kinsman, Harlan, Vice Versa, Accendo, Fairchild, Macdonald, and a truckload of others (Napa): At the French Laundry. An invigorating and lively example of Sauvignon Blanc. I have enjoyed this wine on a number of previous occasions and each time it delivers a complex and captivating array of kiwi, guava, Squirt, and fresh cut grass flavors. I love this wine… though I gotta say, the lingering bedroom eyes on the label make for a peculiar encounter. I typically don’t like my wine bottles watching me drink them.

    This paired fantastically with a number of the fish and shellfish dishes in the initial courses of the meal. I could’ve had this wine with each one of the 20+ dishes. This was at its best during the Big Island Abalone “Rockefeller” and Marinated Watsonville Artichokes dishes.

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  • csimm1161 wrote:

    February 17, 2021 - Solid showing, especially for the first hour or so of consumption. There was a bit of heat to blow off on the initial pull, but it settled nicely into its groove with a gorgeous display of kiwi, guava, lime and lemon juice, honeydew, and grass flavors. Similar in quality to Aesthete and Arrow & Branch Heritage Sauvignon Blancs.

    After a couple hours of air, the Melka started to flatten out a bit on the finish and lose some energy, potentially indicative of a narrowing drinking window. Nothing to panic about, but I'd be drinking these inside the next year or so (assuming you prefer your SBs to maintain the speed and freshness that makes the varietal so enticing).

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  • msuwine wrote: 94 points

    February 8, 2021 - This round and pure 100% Sauvignon Blanc is not as impressive as the 2017, but it a solid wine that ably balances the creamy and grassy elements of the varietal. Light yellow, almost clear in color; full in body; nose of wet grass, gooseberry, and Flavors of orange zest, lemon peel, and cantaloupe, with a lively and grassy finish. 14.5% alcohol. Decant about an hour. Drink in next year or so.

  • csimm1161 wrote: 96 points

    December 22, 2020 - Still awesome. Even better than a year ago. Extremely complex for a domestic SB. Marries suave smoothness with vivacious tension perfectly. Acacia blossom, fresh honeydew, guava, kiwi, lemon verbena, and wet travertine flavors dominate. Drink now and over the next year or so. Excellent.

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  • csimm1161 wrote: 95 points

    December 7, 2019 - Melka: 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.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type White
  • Producer Melka
  • Varietal Sauvignon Blanc
  • Designation Mekerra
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Knights Valley

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  • Pending Delivery 3 (1%)
  • In Cellars 147 (68%)
  • Consumed 65 (30%)

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