Melka

CJ Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

9.322 ratings
9.21 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Top Notes For
Matt Trader

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
Stephen Pierron

Really enjoyed this! Outstanding wine!

Really enjoyed this! Outstanding wine!

Jul 2nd, 2018
Stephen Jackshaw

This was pleasant, not yet quite as approachable as the Amici but with some bottle age could jump. Had subtle savory notes.

This was pleasant, not yet quite as approachable as the Amici but with some bottle age could jump. Had subtle savory notes.

Apr 3rd, 2018
Ron R
9.2

An interesting yet somewhat restrained Napa cab. Muted nose, precise palate, presented in a contemporary, fruit-forward style. Lacking complexity and depth, but good nonetheless.

An interesting yet somewhat restrained Napa cab. Muted nose, precise palate, presented in a contemporary, fruit-forward style. Lacking complexity and depth, but good nonetheless.

Mar 24th, 2018
David Walser

After a week in Casa de Campo we moved to Westin Punta Cana today. Enjoyed this with lamb at the Brassa Restaurant at Westin overlooking the beach.

After a week in Casa de Campo we moved to Westin Punta Cana today. Enjoyed this with lamb at the Brassa Restaurant at Westin overlooking the beach.

Mar 23rd, 2018
Neil Valenzuela

Black color fades into a nice cherry color, aromas of dark cherry, cocoa, cigar box and orange rind. Flavors of dark fruit, spices and smooth finish. Amazing wine!

Black color fades into a nice cherry color, aromas of dark cherry, cocoa, cigar box and orange rind. Flavors of dark fruit, spices and smooth finish. Amazing wine!

Feb 21st, 2018
Laith A

This is absolutely delicious!!

This is absolutely delicious!!

Jan 15th, 2018
E & K G

Something dark and brooding beneath the surface but it’s pleasant and ready to drink from early on.

Something dark and brooding beneath the surface but it’s pleasant and ready to drink from early on.

Dec 20th, 2017
Jeff Shapiro

Soft, approachable, firm/gripping tannins. Decanted for 40 minutes.

Soft, approachable, firm/gripping tannins. Decanted for 40 minutes.

Dec 13th, 2017
KA
9.2

Silky smooth Cabernet blend with a very nice bouquet and a pleasing lingering after taste

Silky smooth Cabernet blend with a very nice bouquet and a pleasing lingering after taste

Dec 11th, 2017