Melka

CJ Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.2341 ratings
9.245 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot
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Philippe and Cherie Melka have been creating wines since 1996 with the releases of small production of CJ and Metisse wines. Cab adding some Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, aged for 18 months in French oak (45% new). Succulent berry aromas with a note of pepper spice. On the palate blackberry flavors with a current undertone, some cacao and bits of cedar. Smooth tannins, great mouthfeel, lingering finish ending with earthy character. A great Cab! Must try!!

Philippe and Cherie Melka have been creating wines since 1996 with the releases of small production of CJ and Metisse wines. Cab adding some Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, aged for 18 months in French oak (45% new). Succulent berry aromas with a note of pepper spice. On the palate blackberry flavors with a current undertone, some cacao and bits of cedar. Smooth tannins, great mouthfeel, lingering finish ending with earthy character. A great Cab! Must try!!

Apr 14th, 2018
Steven Kukesh

R&D Winemaker at DFV

9.0

Firm tannins, good balance of earthy and fruity

Firm tannins, good balance of earthy and fruity

Aug 12th, 2017
Mark Little

Lucky to have a chance to meet and work with Philipe and Cherie Melka and Sylvie the other day. Enjoyed this wine with hangar steak and onions, mushrooms, and broccoli with garlic. Now the wine. Nose has cocoa, black cherry, tobacco, and hints of orange rind and green bell pepper. The palate confirms the nose with a cherry and dark spice. Green tannins support the fruit without being offensive. Actually, a comfort from some of the fruit bombs in Napa Valley. Most enjoyable with a long finish of dark spice, chocolate, and a hint of green pepper. #melkawines

Lucky to have a chance to meet and work with Philipe and Cherie Melka and Sylvie the other day. Enjoyed this wine with hangar steak and onions, mushrooms, and broccoli with garlic. Now the wine. Nose has cocoa, black cherry, tobacco, and hints of orange rind and green bell pepper. The palate confirms the nose with a cherry and dark spice. Green tannins support the fruit without being offensive. Actually, a comfort from some of the fruit bombs in Napa Valley. Most enjoyable with a long finish of dark spice, chocolate, and a hint of green pepper. #melkawines

5 people found it helpfulMay 11th, 2014
Matt Trader, TWP

I finally had the pleasure to try this new vintage release of CJ Melka Cabernet Sauvignon from the legendary Philipe Melka. It was yet another fantastic vintage, but from trying the past 3, it is easily going down as my favorite. This juice, as always, had a very enticing nose. It was rich, and full of notes of dried tobacco leaf, Spanish cedar, mocha, gravel dust, lavender, red fruits, and a faint hint of green bell pepper, which only livens the olfactory senses in a good way. In the glass, its youthfulness is shown in a dark royal purple hue with a lavender hued rim, and very long legs due to its 15.5% ABV. Upon entry into the pallet is an explosion of flavor, coating the mouth with lush blackberry and ripe cherry notes, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, and a very gripping finish, leaving a mocha after taste. The wine had ample tannin structure, and good Oaky nuances that with its medium plus acidity all came together make a truly supurb wine. Great job Monsieur Melka! Can't wait to be in Napa in August and hopefully meet you! #melkawines

Cheers!

$74.99

I finally had the pleasure to try this new vintage release of CJ Melka Cabernet Sauvignon from the legendary Philipe Melka. It was yet another fantastic vintage, but from trying the past 3, it is easily going down as my favorite. This juice, as always, had a very enticing nose. It was rich, and full of notes of dried tobacco leaf, Spanish cedar, mocha, gravel dust, lavender, red fruits, and a faint hint of green bell pepper, which only livens the olfactory senses in a good way. In the glass, its youthfulness is shown in a dark royal purple hue with a lavender hued rim, and very long legs due to its 15.5% ABV. Upon entry into the pallet is an explosion of flavor, coating the mouth with lush blackberry and ripe cherry notes, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, and a very gripping finish, leaving a mocha after taste. The wine had ample tannin structure, and good Oaky nuances that with its medium plus acidity all came together make a truly supurb wine. Great job Monsieur Melka! Can't wait to be in Napa in August and hopefully meet you! #melkawines

Cheers!

$74.99

2 people found it helpfulJul 17th, 2016
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.4

Lovely, rich yet balanced. Delicious

Lovely, rich yet balanced. Delicious

2 people found it helpfulMar 24th, 2016
Shawn R

Kinda has an old school side to it. Dense and deep in the glass. Soft and mellow on the nose. The soft, mellow nose meets the palate of this very approachable Melka wine-nice structure of blackberry lacquer, singed cedar, wild berries and spice. Loamy earth, grape skins give way to a supple finish.

Kinda has an old school side to it. Dense and deep in the glass. Soft and mellow on the nose. The soft, mellow nose meets the palate of this very approachable Melka wine-nice structure of blackberry lacquer, singed cedar, wild berries and spice. Loamy earth, grape skins give way to a supple finish.

1 person found it helpfulOct 3rd, 2016
Ryan Carey

Founder Wine Confidential

9.1

Those eyes! Brought to you by Napa's most celebrated winemaker, Philippe Melka

Those eyes! Brought to you by Napa's most celebrated winemaker, Philippe Melka

1 person found it helpfulFeb 2nd, 2016
Christian Gourdin

2010 vintage is showing all black pepper and leather, with tobacco. This should be 100 pt wine.

2010 vintage is showing all black pepper and leather, with tobacco. This should be 100 pt wine.

1 person found it helpfulJan 30th, 2016
Donald Patz

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

9.3

Lovely. Rich, supple, pleasurable - more please!

Lovely. Rich, supple, pleasurable - more please!

1 person found it helpfulMar 11th, 2015
Matt Trader, TWP

Did a little Coravin training for my team with one of their reps, Taylor. I have to say, Melka is almost always kickin', but 2013 was a bit monstrous for me. The 15.5% ABV wasn't well hidden, and the wine isn't going to be ready to drink for another 5-10 years once it has calmed down.
This made me sad. Also, made me reluctant to try the equally high alcohol, 2014, also with a 94 Advocate critique. Boy was I wrong..

MELKA'S BACK, BABY! This was so elegant, like, stupid smooth and you wouldn't believe a minute that the alcohol was that high. The oak was perfect, the fruit, the tannin, all on point. This has to be the best CJ yet. Dark plum, blackberry cobbler, smoke, leather, tobacco, mocha, dark chocolate, pepper, and just a smoooooth finish. This is one that everyone needs to buy up while it is available. It will cellar very well, but it is already a WOW wine. This is the kind of wine that got me hooked on this wine maker, great job Philippe!

Did a little Coravin training for my team with one of their reps, Taylor. I have to say, Melka is almost always kickin', but 2013 was a bit monstrous for me. The 15.5% ABV wasn't well hidden, and the wine isn't going to be ready to drink for another 5-10 years once it has calmed down.
This made me sad. Also, made me reluctant to try the equally high alcohol, 2014, also with a 94 Advocate critique. Boy was I wrong..

MELKA'S BACK, BABY! This was so elegant, like, stupid smooth and you wouldn't believe a minute that the alcohol was that high. The oak was perfect, the fruit, the tannin, all on point. This has to be the best CJ yet. Dark plum, blackberry cobbler, smoke, leather, tobacco, mocha, dark chocolate, pepper, and just a smoooooth finish. This is one that everyone needs to buy up while it is available. It will cellar very well, but it is already a WOW wine. This is the kind of wine that got me hooked on this wine maker, great job Philippe!

Jul 3rd, 2017