Melka

Melka

Métisse Jumping Goat Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

The 305 wine group weekend in Key West- great times — 3 months ago

Mark, Shay and 6 others liked this

Melka

Napa Valley Métisse

Just amazing! Love all his wines. Had it with a lightly breaded pork chop and Shannon Salad at Frenchies. Moving out of Coral Gables — 8 months ago

Moone-Tsai Vineyards

Cor Leonis Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Shay A
9.4

Finally getting around to posting wines from my annual Napa trip from two weeks ago. Always goes by quick! Lots of fun new stops this year.

It was my first time trying Moone-Tsai wines aside from their widely distributed Napa Valley Cab, so some of these were totally brand new to me. Melka is the winemaker.

Much more rich and dark fruited compared to the Howell Mountain. This is a blend of vineyards from Pritchard Hill, Caldwell (Coombsville) and St Helena. Very Pritchard Hill like on the nose with herbal crunch, savory graphite and cassis, oozing blackberries and cherry liqueur. Once on the palate, it channels its Coombsville fruit displaying a touch of licorice, candied blue and black fruits, baking spices and espresso. Big, but slightly more approachable than the Howell.
— 3 years ago

Tom, Eric and 33 others liked this
David T

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Love the rich, dark style of this bottling.
Shay A

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@David T : Gorgeous wine.
Stephen Pierron

Stephen Pierron

Beautiful wine.... the wine my wife and I shared at our wedding!

Melka

CJ Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2018

Nice young cab — 4 months ago

Rob, Brent and 5 others liked this

Melka

La Mekerra Knights Valley Cabernet Franc-Merlot Blend 2014

Nice blend of CF (51%) and ME (49%). A bit of a good change from cab. — 7 months ago

Vice Versa

Le Petit Vice Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Short Rib wine. 👍🏼
Winery notes,

Unique circumstances helped create the monumentally impressive 2013 Le Petit Vice. Proprietor Patrice Breton worked with Paul Hobbs and Mike Smith in the beginning, and finished the wine with the help of Philippe Melka, and Shawn Johnson… Four of Napa Valley’s most accomplished winemakers.

Aged for 22 months in Taransaud and Marques French oak barrels,
— 2 years ago

Tom, Ryan and 30 others liked this
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

2-3 minute sear on each side at 500-550. Perfect 👌
Paul T- Huntington Beach

Paul T- Huntington Beach

Prime cut makes a difference. Not a chew fest like supermarket meat.
Ellen Clifford

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I have never heard of Taransaud or Marques French barrels but if I go after a master of wine probably should know all the barrels 🤔 any which way sounds like it was a good wine 🍷

Parallel

Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2016

Shay A
9.3

Attended a Parallel Wines private tasting last night. Very nice and classic in style. Didn’t realize how small their production is...less than 600 total cases. This is their 20th year and Melka has been with them from the beginning.

Fun to try next to the ‘14. Aromatically, they are very similar...creme brûlée, marzipan and honeyed pastries. However, there is quite a bit more acidity here that catches you off guard. There are some similarities here to Aubert’s Larry Hyde & Sons Chardonnay. Notes of honeysuckle, sea salt and powdered lemon bar on the palate. A bright expression of Ritchie vineyard.
— 3 years ago

Tom, Paul and 24 others liked this

Long Shadows Vintners

Pirouette Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

This is a delicious Bordeaux blend from Columbia Valley in Washington State.

Very dark in color, and looks very young.

Full-bodied, smooth and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with nice complexity.

Showing blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, raisins, dried figs, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cola, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, spices, earth and coffee.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This 8 year old is peaking now, and will continue to drink nicely in the next 5 years.

Smooth and elegant. Rich and extracted, with a great mouth feel.

Good by itself or with food. A great wine to sip on and talk about.

Robert Parker 94 points.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly, but good right out of the bottle as well.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Petit Verdot, 17% Merlot, 7% Cab Franc and a splash of Malbec. Winemaker is Philippe Melka.

15.4% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$65 (current vintage).
— 7 months ago

Joe, Ted and 20 others liked this

Melka

Métisse St. Émilion Merlot Cabernet Franc Blend 2014

67% Merlot, 33% cab franc, don’t know what the other 1% is? Really like this now that it has some age. I drank other bottles too early. — a year ago

Parallel

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Shay A
9.3

Attended a Parallel Wines private tasting last night. Very nice and classic in style. Didn’t realize how small their production is...less than 600 total cases. This is their 20th year and Melka has been with them from the beginning.

This was in the zone. Classic ‘13 Napa cab. It’s flavor packed and loaded with structure. Sweet and ripe dark fruits up front with lots of juicy blackberries and blueberries wrapped in dark chocolate and baking spices on the nose. Nutmeg, cassis, baked mixed berry pie on the palate. It’s very compact with a dusty finish. A blend of different vineyards, with a lot of fruit coming from the backside of Howell Mtn.
— 3 years ago

Tom, Sharon and 27 others liked this