This wine has our most loyal following and it is no surprise as to why. Similar to the Graves region in Bordeaux, the wine is consistently perfume, with many layers that are so signature of the Jumping Goat vineyard. The nose is inviting, intriguing and intense boasting seductive dark cherry with hints of tar and oak.
This two acre, west facing, hillside vineyard situated in the appellation of St. Helena is adjacent to the Melka Winery. The soils are full of obsidian and these 30+ year old vines have an amazingly deep root system. The aromatics lean toward cassis and raspberry with lavender and Mediterranean spices.
Our debut vintage of this wine coming from Pritchard Hill at 1200 feet above St. Helena. With the rich, red, iron filled soils that many have come to appreciate, the Martinez Vineyard has been a labor of love and we are very proud to have created a wine with such dimension.
The Cabernet franc at La Mekerra Vineyard is planted to two different blocks. During the harvest of 2016, as we were celebrating our 20th year, we decided to make one barrel of Rose from this vineyard. This is not a Rose made from "saignee" which is removing some juice from the tank to concentrate that fruit, but a truly crafted wine made by pressing the grapes to produce it. Available exclusively to our VIP members.
Having fallen in love with the Merlot from this vineyard, we've decided to commit ourselves to producing this single varietal bottling to show consumers a truly well-made Merlot. The aromatics show concentration and youthfulness boasting dark fruit laced with rich undertones of compote which lead into an amazing mid palate. The wine hnishes with amazing balance and hnesse. It is generous and hring on all cylinders - attack, mid palate and hnish. A
multi-dimensional wine of exceptional quality.
This small production of Chardonnay from our high elevation vineyard is becoming a joy to produce. The aromatics announce a wine that is inviting and full of elegance, sporting banana, apricot, tropical notes and loaded with
minerality. It is creamy and rich with lively acid and a long balanced lingering finish. The aromatics perfectly match the mouthfeel and this refined Chardonnay would pair nicely with any unctuous creme based dessert.
Our first production of single varietal Merlot coming from this 2300 foot elevation vineyard in Knights Valley. The Merlot that complements the Cabernet franc in our Proprietary Red has proven to be so voluptuous, that we decided to bottle some on its own. The nose screams chocolate, cherry, ripe and sweet and the surprise comes when the wine enters the mouth.
The 2014 is a superb blend from our high elevation mountain vineyard and is a testament to the 7 years of wines being produced from it. A perfumey nose full of smoke, tar, raspberries and herbs leads into a silky sweet entry that has a smooth creaminess with great energy and brightness. An extremely inviting wine that leans more towards having a merlot-like influence despite the Cabernet franc in slightly higher proportion. The finish boasts sublime tannins and pure finesse.
Our fifth vintage from this stunning high elevation vineyard and we are extremely proud of this effort. Reminiscent of the 2011, our first release of this wine from La Mekerra, it has the distinctive aromatics that distinguish it from any other Sauvignon blanc. Ripe tropical and exotic fruits with notes of peaches, pineapple, pink grapefruit and anise. The nose reveals that this is a wine full of power and minerality. Superbly balanced with great acidity, this 2015 is a classic for the vintage showing focus and purity.
Our first vintage of Chardonnay produced from this 2500 foot elevation vineyard in Knights Valley. The Chardonnay has eastern exposure - the only block on this site with that orientation. Aromas exhibiting notes of tropical fruit, bananas, and subtle oak and a creamy sensation follow with slight acidity and excellent texture . . .
One of the most classic vintages to date, this 2015 Syrah will stand out among the five we've produced from this vineyard. The dark violet purple color segues into amazing aromatic fruit expression. Dark cherry . .
Our first effort on a classic Rhone style blend from the Paderewski Vineyard in Paso Robles. Knowing that the limestone from this vineyard is amazing for the Syrah, we were tempted to create a Melka GSM. With inviting aromatics of raspberry fruit, rose petal and slight spiciness, this wine shows excellent purity of the three varietals. Grenache for its cherry notes, Syrah for the spice and Mouvedre providing plenty of tannin.
Our tenth vintage from this amazing right bank vineyard that we have grown so fondly of. France had an early, warm summer and was graced with some beautiful wines coming from Bordeaux. This wine has inviting blueberry notes with creaminess, oak and spice showing seductive and elegant attributes.
This small production effort from Philippe’s homeland has become a cherished member of our portfolio of wines. Imported by us and offered only to our loyal customers, this beautiful wine has been a delight to produce. Boasting incredible aromatics of fresh flowers, bright cherry, cedar and marjoram spice - this beautifully integrated wine exhibits an elegant entry and utter harmony between acidity and tannin.