Melka

La Mekerra Knights Valley Cabernet Franc-Merlot Blend

9.38 ratings
9.43 pro ratings
Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
Cabernet Franc, Merlot
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.5

Big Melka tasting tonight. Tasted, in order:
-2014 Melka CJ (more petit Verdot than usual. Can tell. Not a fruit bomb at all. Heavy on terroir emphasis)
-2013 Melka Majestique Syrah (really nice Syrah. Smoked game meat, espresso on the nose. Dark chocolate on the palate. Long finish)
-2014 Melka Mekerra Red (my favorite of the tasting as I dig Cab francs. So enjoyable now. Plum and more heavy than other Cab francs)
-2013 Melka Metisse Jumping Goat (seems more expressive than the '14, has more acidity to it)
-2014 Melka Metisse Jumping Goat (preferred this over the '13. Will age better. Plum and licorice heavy)
-2014 Melka Mekerra White
Highlights were the Mekerra Red (53% Cab franc, 47% merlot) and the outrageously expensive and textured Mekerra White. Who the heck serves a white last?! Reminds me of the Arkenstone Sauv blanc. For what it's worth, though splitting hairs, the Melka white is more Tropical and explosive out of the glass...the Arkenstone is more textured, heavy and has tons of earthy components to it as opposed to tropical.

Big Melka tasting tonight. Tasted, in order:
-2014 Melka CJ (more petit Verdot than usual. Can tell. Not a fruit bomb at all. Heavy on terroir emphasis)
-2013 Melka Majestique Syrah (really nice Syrah. Smoked game meat, espresso on the nose. Dark chocolate on the palate. Long finish)
-2014 Melka Mekerra Red (my favorite of the tasting as I dig Cab francs. So enjoyable now. Plum and more heavy than other Cab francs)
-2013 Melka Metisse Jumping Goat (seems more expressive than the '14, has more acidity to it)
-2014 Melka Metisse Jumping Goat (preferred this over the '13. Will age better. Plum and licorice heavy)
-2014 Melka Mekerra White
Highlights were the Mekerra Red (53% Cab franc, 47% merlot) and the outrageously expensive and textured Mekerra White. Who the heck serves a white last?! Reminds me of the Arkenstone Sauv blanc. For what it's worth, though splitting hairs, the Melka white is more Tropical and explosive out of the glass...the Arkenstone is more textured, heavy and has tons of earthy components to it as opposed to tropical.

1 person found it helpfulMar 22nd, 2017
Shawn R

Cab Franc done so well. 400 cases produced. 53% Franc and 47 Merlot. Both play well together. Some what fleshy in its approach tannins present as the Franc speaks. Nose of mashed currants and dusty roads. Mouth-coating richness of herbs de province, dash of spice and farm fresh blackberries. Finish is dense and chewy.

Cab Franc done so well. 400 cases produced. 53% Franc and 47 Merlot. Both play well together. Some what fleshy in its approach tannins present as the Franc speaks. Nose of mashed currants and dusty roads. Mouth-coating richness of herbs de province, dash of spice and farm fresh blackberries. Finish is dense and chewy.

Dec 4th, 2016
David Walser

51% CF & 49% ME.

51% CF & 49% ME.

Sep 30th, 2019
Edmond Bordelon

Philippe has this dialed in tight. Trying this 2013 from last year to see if it has opened up. Nope. The Cabernet Franc is still holding the tanin and the Merlots fruit is smooth and ripe.

Philippe has this dialed in tight. Trying this 2013 from last year to see if it has opened up. Nope. The Cabernet Franc is still holding the tanin and the Merlots fruit is smooth and ripe.

Oct 9th, 2017
Edmond Bordelon

Melka's beautiful Cabernet Franc (53%) blend from Knights Valley. Only other varietal added is Merlot (47%) to give it the velvet touch on a firmly structured Cab Franc base. Got to enjoy it at Melka's new wonderfully designed simple tasting room. Much like his wines, it's all in the details and having the vision to know how you want it to be at the end.

Melka's beautiful Cabernet Franc (53%) blend from Knights Valley. Only other varietal added is Merlot (47%) to give it the velvet touch on a firmly structured Cab Franc base. Got to enjoy it at Melka's new wonderfully designed simple tasting room. Much like his wines, it's all in the details and having the vision to know how you want it to be at the end.

Feb 12th, 2017
Catherine Langlois

Catherine had this 3 years ago

Catherine had this 3 years ago

Apr 9th, 2017
Christopher Morace

Christopher had this 3 years ago

Christopher had this 3 years ago

May 27th, 2016