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Wines & Vineyards

Released March 13, 2018

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.  It is an extremely lush and balanced wine with savory layers which finishes long with superbly grainy tannins.  The higher percentage of Petit verdot adds freshness and acidity to create a truly harmonious and complex wine.

87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot 
100% Napa Valley

Production:  375 cases
Bottling:  August, 2017
Aging: 21 months in French oak barrels
80% new
Release:  March 13, 2018
Retail Price:  $195.00

"The gravelly rocks from this site bring the expected elements of perfume and layered complexity.  This is our 13th Jumping Goat and we couldn't be more proud of the result."

~ Philippe & Cherie Melka, Proprietors

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 perfumey, with a velvety texture so signature of the Jumping Goat. Aromatics of dark fruit, graphite, tar and creosote are complimented in a wine that exhibits opulence and softness harmoniously. The finish on this fabulous 2014 is bigger than previous years and we suggest decanting a good three hours prior to serving.

82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot and 3% Merlot
100% Napa Valley

Production:  385 cases
Bottling:  June, 2016
Aging: 21 months in French oak barrels
70% new
Release:  March 14, 2017
Retail Price:  $165.00

The 2013 vintage will most likely go down in history as one of the best for the Napa Valley and this site, despite the grandness of the vintage, has stayed true to its style that is inherent from this vineyard.  So much like the Graves area in Bordeaux, the wine is perfumy, layered and rich without being overripe.  Aromatics of dark fruit, plum and spice with notes of chocolate and violet are made prevalent in a wine that exhibits denseness, opulence and softness.  There is almost a merlot-ish quality to the wine even though it represents only 5% of the blend.  A stunning wine with too many nuances to describe, a must have for any collector.

82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot and
100% Napa Valley

Production:  370 cases
Bottling:  August, 2015
Aging: 23 months in French oak barrels
80% new
Release:  March 15, 2016
Retail Price:  $165.00

With the 2012 harvest being nothing short of spectacular, the resultant Jumping Goat is clearly the most robust wine we’ve produced from this river bench vineyard.  The aromatics exhibit dark fruit with cassis and black cherry, crushed rocks, anise along with hints of sweet oak.  This well-structured wine expresses the vineyard marvelously with more overall minerality and great acidity.  The length and finesse that show through the finish are a clear example of how a superbly crafted wine can demonstrate dark fruit expression, structure, brightness and still retain its elegance.

62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 11% Petit Verdot
100% Napa Valley


Production: 400 cases
Bottling: July, 2014
Aging: 20 months in French oak barrels
80% new
Release: March 17, 2015
Maturity: 10-15 years

“This is a classic Philippe Melka wine built on texture.  Effortless, seamless and flat-out delicious, the 2012 hits all the right notes.”

-Antonio Galloni, Vinous

The 2011 vintage was almost a dream come true for a French winemaker; light on its feet with aromatics of clove, cardamon and Bing cherry, this wine displays incredible vibrancy with lush, lively fruit. The structure and texture show a purity that is closest in style to a true Bordeaux. The seductive aromas and incredible balance excite the sense and make this wine ideal for food paring. This varietal blend composition is reminiscent of our very first vintage of Metisse.

45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% MERLOT AND 25% PETIT VERDOT
100% Napa Valley

Production: 350 cases
Bottling: August, 2013
Aging: 20 months in French oak barrels, 85% new
Release: March 11, 2014
Recommended to hold - maturity: 10-15 years

"Surprisingly strong for this vintage, it exhibits notes of blue and red fruits, charcoal, white chocolate, coffee bean and wood... this very fine 2011 can be consumed over the next decade"

— Rober Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate #209

This 3.5 acre vineyard located in St. Helena produces an amazing Bordeaux blend every year. 2010 was a cool year with heat spikes after veraison which contribute to its complexity. The aromas of fresh cut flowers along with cloves, tobacco and dry earth jump from the glass. The flavors are beautifully layered in this silky, unctuous wine that is extremely polished and refined. If ever there was a crowd pleasing vintage, this is it.

79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% PETIT VERDOT and 7% MERLOT
100% Napa Valley

Production: 350 cases of 750ml; 240 bottles of 1.5L
Bottling: March, 2012
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels, 85% new oak
Release: May 7, 2013

This 3.5 acre vineyard located in St. Helena is planted to all three varietals found in this delicious Bordeaux blend.  This vintage produced a more polished and refined wine than the 2008, with layers of effortless, racy fruit that flow from this seamless, compelling wine.  HInts of dark cherry, cassis, ash and cigar box wrap around the seriously intense finish.  The lushness and complexity of this wine is not to be missed.

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot
100% Napa Valley

Production: 400 cases of 750ml; 100 bottles of 1.5L
Bottling: August 2011
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels, 75% new oak
Release: May 1, 2012

This wine has a nose full of blueberry, sweet cherry and white chocolate.  With a wonderful velvety texture and dense in the mid-palate, this seductive style cabernet based wine is layered with berries, anise and licorice.  Boasting a long finish that will last for over 20 seconds, this reminiscent Graves style wine combines once again charm and sophistication.

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot
100% Napa Valley

Production: 325 cases of 750ml; 100 bottles of 1.5L
Bottling: August 2010
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels, 75% new oak
Release: Spring 2011

This predominately Cabernet based wine possesses a classic nose of spring flowers, black currants, smoke and forest floor.  It is a full-bodied wine with incredibly plush texture, impeccable purity and balance with silky tannins and a long finish.  The 2007 vintage is considered by many as a perfect growing season with no heat waves during ripeness of the grapes.  The result was intense and extremely complex flavors and amazing structure.  Of the eleven vintages produced of this wine, this is clearly one of the best.

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot
100% Napa Valley

Production: 375 cases of 750ml; 100 bottles of 1.5L
Bottling: June 2009
Aging: 19 months in 59 gallon barrels, 75% new oak
Release: Spring 2010

This wine exhibits dark ruby/purple color with aromas of graphite, black
cherries and black currants along with a deep smokiness
and earthiness. It is dense, concentrated with rich fruit flavors, real style and elegance, and serious power and richness with supple tannins, low acidity, yet a graceful mouthfeel with tremendous purity and length.  It should cellar well for at least
20 years. 

83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot
100% Napa Valley

Production: 475 cases of 750ml; 100 bottles of 1.5L
Bottling: June 2008
Aging: 19 months in 59 gallon barrels, 75% new oak
Release: Spring 2009

Recommended to hold - maturity 15-20 years

Robert Parker Jr. states, "This wine is a beauty . . .it avoids the
rustic tannins and overly muscular style of some of the
2006s"

This wine is outstandingly rich exhibiting aromatics and flavors of creme de cassis and spice box along with vanilla and coffee bean. It displays concentration and elegance with balance and silky tannins. It is a fullbodied wine with superb richness and complex layers.

92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot
100% Napa Valley

Production: 475 cases of 750ml; 60 bottles of 1.5L
Bottling: June 2007
Aging: 19 months in 59 gallon barrels, 75% new oak
Release: Spring 2008

Recommended to hold

"This is a sensational wine that can be drunk now or cellared for at least two decades."

- Robert Parker, Jr. - Wine Advocate, December 2007

The aromatics of this wine are seductive with hints of violet, vanilla and dried herbs. A Bordeaux styled wine exhibiting pure elegance, fabulous dark fruit, an attractive freshness as well as intensity. It is luscious, rich, and opulent. Gorgeously integrated acidity, alcohol and sweet tannin make for an extremely complex wine. Decanting highly recommended.

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot and 9% Petit Verdot
100% Napa Valley

Production: 475 cases of 750ml; 60 bottles of 1.5L
Bottling: June 2006
Aging: 19 months in 59 gallon barrels, 75% new oak
Release: Spring 2007

Recommended to hold

"It reveals medium to full body as well as a lovely, pure perfume of crème de cassis,
white chocolate, black cherries, spice and subtle background oak. . ."

- Robert Parker, Jr. - December, 2005, Issue 168

This wine is a densely structured full bodied cabernet with a deep red color. The aromatics are a mix of blackberry, tar and chocolate with floral overtones. The wine is rich with dark fruit flavors, possessing layers of complexity which give it such dimension and character. The finish is silky and seductive. This wine is at its best when decanted well before serving.

90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot
100% Napa Valley

Production: 520 cases of 750ml; 60 bottles of 1.5L
Bottling: June 2003
Aging: 19 months in 59 gallon French barrels, 75% new oak
Release: Spring 2006

Recommended to hold

"It offers beautiful scents of white chocolate, charcoal embers, flowers,
blackberries and currants. It is full bodied with silky tannin and a superb texture . . ."

- Robert Parker, Jr. - December, 2005

Available exclusively to VIP members

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.  The wine is loaded with power and structure but also maintains its liveliness.  the finish is very long and the tannins are classic dusty Cabernet tannins.  This is the only 100% Cabernet wine in our portfolio.  Recommended to decant.

 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Napa Valley

 Production: 100 cases
Bottling: August, 2017
Aging: 21 months in 80% new French oak barrels
Release: May 22, 2018
Maturity: 15-20 years
Retail Price: $275.00

“Our fourth vintage from the Estate vineyard and we fully appreciate what this site is capable of - older vines on obsidian that give the wine its incredible length.”

 -Philippe and Cherie Melka, Proprietors

Available exclusively to VIP members

This two acre, west facing, hillside vineyard situated in the appellation of St. Helena is adjacent to the Melka Winery. The aromatics exhibit dense, rich and dark fruit components. Before the wine even touches the lips, it seems to scream that it will be this bold, blockbuster wine packed with energy.  Loaded with structure but never missing the signature finesse and elegance in the finish of a "Melka Wine", this offering from our Estate vineyard is a true reflection of a great vintage.  Recommended to decant.

 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Napa Valley

 Production: 100 cases
Bottling: June, 2016
Aging: 21 months in 75% new French oak barrels
Release: May 23, 2017
Maturity: 15-20 years
Retail Price: $275.00

“We named this vineyard Montbleau as an homage to Cherie’s parents, similar to naming Mekerra for Philippe’s. We are eternally grateful for the support and encouragement they have always showed us.”

 -Philippe and Cherie Melka, Proprietors

Available exclusively to VIP members

This two acre, west facing, hillside vineyard is situated in the Glass Mountain district in the appellation of St. Helena and is adjacent to the future Melka Winery. The aromatics exhibit ripe, baked strawberries, dried flowers and wet crushed rocks. Affectionately referred to as “Force Tranquil” by Philippe, this seductive wine boasts incredible amplitude, minerality with good acidity and freshness in the finish. The tannins are reminiscent of left bank classic Bordeaux and demonstrate what old vines are capable of producing. Recommended to decant.

 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Napa Valley

 Production: 80 cases
Bottling: February, 2016
Aging: 28 months in 80% new French oak barrels
Release: May 24, 2016
Maturity: 15-20 years
Retail Price: $275.00

“We named this vineyard Montbleau as an homage to Cherie’s parents, similar to naming Mekerra for Philippe’s. We are eternally grateful for the support and encouragement they have always showed us.”

 -Philippe and Cherie Melka, Proprietors

Available exclusively to VIP members

This is the inaugural vintage of our Montbleau Estate Cabernet.  This two acre vineyard is situated in the Glass Mountain district of St. Helena and is adjacent to the future Melka Winery.  The aromatics exhibit dark cherry, cocoa nibs, and hints of teabag like dried herbs.  Affectionately referred to as “Force Tranquil” by Philippe, this seductive wine clearly represents the texture of the volcanic soils with beautiful density as well as refined, soft tannins with an amazing lingering finish of fruit.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Napa Valley

Production: 75 cases
Bottling: February, 2015
Aging: 28 months in 100% new
French oak barrels
Release: May 12, 2015
Maturity: 15-20 years
Retail Price: $275.00

“We named this vineyard Montbleau as an homage to Cherie’s parents, similar to naming Mekerra for Philippe’s. We are eternally grateful for the support and encouragement they have always showed us.”

-Philippe and Cherie Melka, Proprietors

This wine will be released on June 19, 2018

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 nose is dense, black cherry and dark chocolate giving way to an opulent wine with ripeness and structure yet extremely juicy and fresh.  The higher percentage of Petit verdot in this wine has a definite influence in its structure and also provides its freshness.  The wine starts and finishes with tannins that are firm along with a hint of licorice in the finish.  We suggest decanting three to four hours prior to serving.

 55% CABERNET SAUVIGNON,  25% PETIT VERDOT AND 20% CABERNET FRANC
100% NAPA VALLEY

Production: 160 cases
Bottling: August, 2017
Aging: 22 months in 85% new French oak barrels
Release: June 19, 2018
Maturity: 15-20 years
Retail Price: $225.00

"In an easy and warm year such as 2015, this hillside vineyard produced a wine with incredible dimension and depth.  A dream come true to create our own wine from Pritchard Hill."

~ Philippe & Cherie Melka, proprietors

There was no 2002 made due to the transition to a single vineyard designate wine starting in 2003.

This wine comes entirely from hillside vineyards located exclusively in the Napa Valley. It is a densely purple-colored wine. The aromatics of this wine make it very enticing. Loaded with rich black fruit, smokiness and perfumed notes of violet and vanilla. The wine is dense, with lush succulent fruit exhibiting extreme richness, depth and complexity. Its finish is long with polished tannins and superb balance.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Napa Valley

Production: 320 cases of 750ml; 60 bottles of 1.5L
Bottling: August 2003
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barres; 65% new oak
Release: Spring 2004

"...it is the finest example of this offering Philippe Melka has yet fashioned.
Powerful yet well-delineated, rich and surprisingly light on its feet..."

- Robert Parker, Jr. - December, 2005

This wine comes entirely from hillside vineyards located exclusively in the Napa Valley. The color is a deep, dark, and dense red. The nose gives notes of earthiness, coffee bean, vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, cocoa and violet. The mouthfeel is big, viscous and full of complexity with layers of ripe black fruits, sweet cherry, and licorice followed by a finish that is long and lush. This wine is structured, with well-integrated tannins that will allow it to age gracefully.

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc
100% Napa Valley

Production: 585 cases of 750ml; 150 bottles of 1.5 L
Bottling: June 2002
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels; 65% new oak
Release: Spring 2003

"a sweet nose of black fruits intermixed with licorice, minerals and toasty oak. . .
it is an elegant offering to enjoy during it's first 10 - 12 years."

- Robert Parker Jr., - August 2002

This wine comes entirely from hillside vineyards located exclusively in the Napa Valley. The color is a deep, dark, and dense red. The nose has extremely complex layers of dark fruits, exotic dry fruits, cola, oil, hazelnut and vanilla with silkiness and clove spice. The wine is well structured, elegant and seductive. It shows concentration with a long ripe finish.

80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc
100% Napa Valley

Production: 450 cases of 750ml; 30 cases of 1.5L
Bottling: July 2001
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels; 65% new oak
Release: Spring 2002

Recommended to hold.

"Combining Bordeaux's elegant, highly nuanced style with Napa's sweet, ripe, concentrated fruit,
its French sensitivity is accompanied by wonderful opulence and purity."

- Robert Parker Jr., - August 2000

This wine comes entirely from hillside vineyards located exclusively in the Napa Valley. Tasting like a Pomerol, chocolate essence, rich with blackberry aromas. A very rich and dense wine, finishing with sweet and harmonious tannins.

87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 3% Cabernet Franc
100% Napa Valley

Production: 450 cases of 750ml; 30 cases of 1.5L
Bottling: June 2000
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels; 65% new oak
Release: Spring 2001

Recommended to drink or hold.

"A gorgeously-proportioned, full-bodied, dark purplecolored effort with superb density,
soft, sweet tannin, a generous constitution, and copious quantities of blackberry and cassis."

- Robert Parker Jr., - December, 2000

Elegant, clean, focused, minty, soy, leather and ripe berries are the descriptive for the nose. The mouthfeel is concentrated with big and powerful tannins. The wine starts with spice and chocolate followed by a greatly textured mid-palate and finishing with firm tannins.

53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc
100% Napa Valley

Production: 450 cases of 750ml; 25 cases of 1.5L
Bottling: July 1999
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels; 55% new oak
Release: Spring 2000

Recommended to hold

"Full bodied and velvety-textured, this opulent, hedonistic, gorgeously textured wine is already thrilling to drink."

- Robert Parker Jr., - December, 2000

Complex bouquet of sweet corn, rose petal, black tea, tobacco, cedar, cigar box and orange flower. The mouthfeel shows softness and elegance, the flavors feel ripe and the wine finishes with ripe, soft and well-integrated tannins.

40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot
100% NAPA VALLEY

Complex bouquet of sweet corn, rose petal, black tea, tobacco, cedar, cigar box and orange flower. The mouthfeel shows softness and elegance, the flavors feel ripe and the wine finishes with ripe, soft and well-integrated tannins.

Production: 240 cases of 750ml; 20 cases of 1.5L
Bottling: June 1998
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels; 65% new oak
Release: Spring 1999

Recommended to drink now.

Available exclusively to VIP members

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.

100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production: 30 cases
Bottling: March, 2017
Aging: 6 months in one year old used "cigars" French oak barrel
Release: May 23, 2017

“This Rose, inspired by French tradition, is our first release from our well known elevation vineyard in Knights Valley."

~ Philippe and Cherie Melka, proprietors

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Available exclusively to VIP members
Available exclusively to VIP members

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.  Silky, sensuous and not at al over extracted, this expression of this varietal is spot on.  We say goodbye to the movie "Sideways" with this stunning Merlot.

100% MERLOT
100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production: 50 cases
Bottling: June, 2016
Aging: 21 months in 50% new French oak
Release: May 23, 2017

“The decision to make a single bottling of Merlot was an easy one.  We make the wines we love to drink, and this wine is no exception."

~ Philippe and Cherie Melka, proprietors

available October 17, 2017

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.

51% CABERNET FRANC AND 49% MERLOT
100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production: 350 cases
Bottling: June, 2016
Aging: 21 months 60% new French oak
Release: October 17, 2017
Suggested Retail: $165.00

"A very approachable vintage overall showing how refined this vineyard can be - truly coming into its own since planting it in 2004."

— Philippe & Cherie Melka, proprietors

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This superb Cabernet franc blend from our mountain vineyard is an explosive example of an amazing vintage. The aromas of wild raspberries and graphite fill the glass with an impact that begs you to taste. The resultant wine is lush, dense, creamy, layered, stunningly pure with acidity that is well integrated in this powerhouse wine. The Cabernet franc brings nerve and structure to this serious wine while the Merlot offers its friendliness and lushness. After seven years producing this wine, this Cabernet franc blend can rival any Napa Cabernet.

53% CABERNET FRANC AND 47% MERLOT
100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production: 400 cases
Bottling: August 24, 2015
Aging: 20 months 60% new French oak
Release: September 20, 2016
Suggested Retail: $165.00

"For 15 years we have been loving and nurturing this vineyard to produce wines that will make their mark on the most discerning palate. Each vintage we seem to dial it in better and better and there is nothing more gratifying."

— Cherie Melka, proprietor

Affectionately referred to as "The Beast" by Philippe, this powerhouse wine from our vineyard high in elevation in Knights Valley is definitely our best effort to date. With a blend this particular year favoring the strength of the Cabernet franc, its structure and aromatics provide an equal punch on all levels. The Merlot brings beautiful floral notes to the nose along with spice and dark fruit while the Cab franc brings the acidity and the tannins to create this amazingly opulent wine with stunning purity. Decanting this wine is recommended to fully express the aromatics and strength of our vineyard.

51% CABERNET FRANC AND 49% MERLOT

Production: 350 cases
Bottling: July, 2014
Aging: 20 months 80% new French oak
Release: September 22, 2015
Suggested Retail: $165.00

"This is Philippe Melka's Northern California version of Cheval Blanc and he has pulled it off brilliantly."

98 Points

— Rober Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate #215 Oct 2014

Above the fog at 2,500 feet during the 2011 growing season was one of the keys to the success of this wine, helping the grapes achieve full maturity with concentrated flavors. Aromatics of blackberry and tobacco mixed with floral notes and spice explode in this dense and lush wine. Beautifully balanced with a long and lingering finish, this wine will age 15-25 years easily. Decanting this wine is recommended to fully express the personality and the strength of our vineyard.

51% CABERNET FRANC AND 49% MERLOT
100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production: 340 cases
Bottling: December 2013
Aging: 26 months 80% new French oak
Release: September 23, 2014

"A strong wine for the year - dark, sumptuous and rich."

- Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate #206, April 2013

The 2010 Mekerra is a striking Cab franc/Merlot blend that entirely illustrates how wonderfully complex and impressive Cabernet franc can be. Mocha, blackberry, grilled herbs along with cedar and new leather leap from the glass in this rich and unctuous wine. A seamless structure and long finish will allow this wine to age easily 15-20 years. La Mekerra Vineyard soils are rich in both volcanic ash and clay - perfectly suited for Cabernet franc and Merlot.

53% MERLOT AND 47% CABERNET FRANC
100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production: 175 cases
Bottling: April 2013
Aging: 22 months 75% new French oak
Release: September 24, 2013

"Rich, sumptuous and beguiling, the 2010 impresses for its captivating bouquet and drop-dead gorgeous personality"

- Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate #206, April 2013

The 2009 exhibitis a pure expression of cabernet franc, one of our favorite varietals. We harvested the merlot and cabernet franc the last week of September under perfect conditions where warm nights provided full ripeness of the skin tannins.  The aromatics are reminiscent of cherry, blueberry, violet, graphite and clove spice with a velvety texture boasting lots of ripe fruit character.  This massive wine finishes with powerful integrated tannins and lasting berry flavors.  This wine captures the uniqueness of La Mekerra vineyard soils.

67% CABERNET FRANC and 33% MERLOT
100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production: 175 cases
Bottling: August 2011
Aging: 22 months 75% new French oak
Release: February 19, 2013

"The cabernet franc so suited to this soil has produced an expression of purity from this from this exceptional vineyard.  We are thrilled how the varietals coming form this site continue to mature and evolve."

- Cherie & Philippe Melka, proprietors

The 2008, which is nearly equal parts Cabernet franc and Merlot, exhibits a style that is slightly plumper and denser than the 2007.  The climatic conditions contributed to a vintage that resulted in very low yields but exquisitely balanced fruit.  This beautiful wine possesses a nose that reveals dried flowers, tea, chocolate, plum, anise and kirsch.  This wine was bottle aged over a year before its release and should drink nicely for 15-20 years.

55% MERLOT AND 45% CABERNET FRANC
100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production: 200 cases
Bottling: August 2010
Aging: 22 months 75% new French oak
Release: February 14, 2012

The 2008 marks the second vintage from this high elevation parcel in Knights Valley.  With a severe spring frost, there was a certainty that there would be no production for 2008.  Simply put, this is the miracle wine.

- Cherie & Philippe Melka, proprietors

This voluptuous wine exhibits aromas of chocolate, spice box and sweet black currants. It possesses amazing delineation for its intensity, and low acid with an expansive and velvety-texture. The full throttle of flavors integrate nicely with supple tannin and a long fleshy finish. This wine has a distinctive personality that will certainly be one to follow. It is a cabernet franc – merlot blend that can compete with the most structured Napa cabernets.

65% MERLOT AND 35% CABERNET FRANC
100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production: 155 cases
Bottling: August 2009
Aging: 22 months 80% new French oak
Release: Fall 2010

This is the inaugural vintage of our vineyard located at 2300 feet above Peter Michael in Knights Valley. The 8 acre site is truly unique not only for its diverse soil profiles that are perfect for cabernet franc and merlot, but also for the majestic views high above the valley floor.

- Cherie & Philippe Melka, proprietors

Available October 17, 2017

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.

100% SAUVIGNON BLANC 

100% BARREL FERMENTED
100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production:  220 cases
Bottling:  May, 2017
Aging: 22 months in 80% in new French oak “cigare barrels”
Release:  October 17, 2017
Suggested Retail:  $145.00

“This overwhelmingly interesting Sauvignon blanc is like no other and the sole reason is due to the elevation of the vineyard and its soil profile.”

— Philippe and Cherie Melka, proprietors

Our fourth vintage of mountain fruit Sauvignon blanc to be produced from our 2300 foot elevation vineyard in Knights Valley. Unique aromatics unfold in a sequence of flowers, fruit and minerality that entice you to taste. The wine is crisp and clean with lush stone fruits of white peach and nectarine along with superbly integrated acidity. The wine finishes with an intense minerality that lingers proving this wine worthy of long aging. The food pairing versatility of this wine is impressive. Decanting is recommended.

97% SAUVIGNON BLANC and 3% MUSCADELLE
100% BARREL FERMENTED
100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production:  160 cases
Bottling:  May, 2016
Aging: 22 months in 80% in new French oak “cigare barrels”
Release:  October 25, 2016
Suggested Retail:  $145.00

“This atypical expression of Sauvignon blanc has now gained serious traction in the realm of white wine drinkers - they have become true faithfuls to this style of crafted perfection.”

~ Philippe and Cherie Melka, proprietors

Our third vintage of mountain fruit Sauvignon blanc to be produced from our 2300 foot elevation vineyard in Knights Valley.  Intensely aromatic - exhibiting notes of stone fruits such as white peach, apricot and nectarine as well as exotic flowers, honeyed grapefruit and quince.  The seductive aromatics alone are enough to transport the soul.  The structure is rich but with great acidity which creates a wine with incredible finesse.  The minerality of this wine shines through to the finish.

97% SAUVIGNON BLANC and 3% MUSCADELLE
100% BARREL FERMENTED
100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production: 170 cases
Bottling: June, 2015
Aging: 22 months 100% new French oak "cigare barrels"
Release: October 27, 2015

"This overwhelmingly interesting Sauvignon blanc is like no other on the market and the sole reason is due to the elevation of the vineyard and soil profile."

- Philippe & Cherie Melka, proprietors

The second vintage of mountain fruit Sauvignon blanc to be produced from our vineyard at 2300 foot elevation in Knights Valley.  It is intensely aromatic - exhibiting notes of flowers, guava and stone fruits such as peach, nectarine and apricot.  The seductive aromatics alone are enough to transport the soul.  The structure of this wine is viscous and rich but with just the right balance of acidity to create incredible finesse.  Once again, a testament to a varietal planted in the proper soil at the hands of a worldclass winemaker.

97% SAUVIGNON BLANC and 3% MUSCADELLE
100% BARREL FERMENTED
100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production: 220 cases
Bottling: June, 2014
Aging: 23 months 100% new French oak
Release: October 28, 2013

"This amazing Sauvignon blanc from this high elevation vineyard shows how seductive and powerful a white wine can be.  This wine should be served only slightly chilled to allow the full expression of the aromatics."

- Philippe & Cherie Melka, proprietors

This stunning Sauvignon blanc is the first white wine to be produced from the 2300 foot elevation vineyard in Knights Valley. Capturing the uniqueness of the La Mekerra soils, it emulates a striking nose so aromatically overwhelming that combines notes of minerality and varietal character. Peach, lychee, mango and gardenia are woven into a wine with perfect structure and balance. This utterly impeccable white ends with brilliant acidity and a long, lingering finish.

97% SAUVIGNON BLANC and 3% MUSCADELL
100% BARREL FERMENTED
100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production: 100 cases
Bottling: May, 2013
Aging: 23 months 100% new French oak
Release: October 22, 2013

"This amazing Sauvignon blanc from this high elevation vineyard shows how seductive and powerful a white wine can be. This wine should be served only slightly chilled to allow the full expression of the aromatics."

- Philippe & Cherie Melka, proprietors

Available exclusively to VIP members

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 which resonates as a rich wine.  The combination of native yeasts and inoculated yeasts have created a wine with great complexity and length in the finish.

100% CHARDONNAY

100% BARREL FERMENTED
100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production: 30 cases
Bottling: May, 2016
Aging: 19 months in 100% one year old French oak
Release: May 23, 2017
Suggested Retail: $145.00

“The desire to produce a high elevation Chardonnay that would be unique and atypical of California producers, was always a goal from this special site."

~ Philippe and Cherie Melka, proprietors

available October 17, 2017

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, bacon and meaty components jump from the glass and hint to a wine with incredible texture.  The fruit purity married with excellently balanced acidity results in a wine that is superbly refined.  Fermented tin large 500 liter puncheons with 15% whole cluster provides the methods by which we can gain pure fruit expression.

100% SYRAH

Production:  120 cases
Bottling:   August, 2016
Aging: 22 months 80% new French oak
Release:  October 17, 2017
Suggested Retail:  $95.00

"We feel that minimal manipulation of fruit is the key to showing this varietal's purity.”

— Philippe and Cherie Melka, proprietors

Our fourth vintage from this vineyard that meets the high standards needed to produce a Syrah of distinction, the Paderewski Vineyard continues to impress. The intense heat of the Central Valley coupled with the limestone soils, push this varietal to produce complex wine. Boasting aromatics of pepper and dark fruit, with hints of fall spices like nutmeg and cardamom - this rich, slightly gamey, opulent wine with well integrated tannins is a prime example of a Syrah with finesse. Decanting is highly recommended.

100% SYRAH

Production:  150 cases
Bottling:   June, 2016
Aging: 22 months 70% new French oak
Release:  October 25, 2016
Suggested Retail:  $95.00

"The combination of three separate blocks from this vineyard create a wine that has added depth, length and subtle power.”

~ Philippe and Cherie Melka, proprietors

After searching for a vineyard that meets the high standards needed to produce a Syrah of dinstinction, the Paderewski Vineyard was selected and each year we hand select the blocks that will be included for this wine.  The wine is opulent with aromatics of red fruit with bacon and wild game.  The limestone soils create a complex and savage wine that is precise yet rich with a long finish.

100% SYRAH

Production: 140 cases
Bottling: May, 2015
Aging: 21 months 65% new French oak puncheons
Release: October 20, 2015
Suggested Retail: $95.00

"The precision and defined notion of quiet power is the philosophy behind the desire to create this particular wine."

~Philippe & Cherie Melka, proprietors

This is the second production of Syrah ever to be produced by Melka Wines.  After searching for a vineyard that meets the high standards needed to produce a Syrah of distinction, the Paderewski Vineyard was selected.  Rich in limestone, the resultant wine is dense, polished, round and packed with aromas of dark fruit, black pepper, cedar and spice.  Decanting is highly recommended.

100% Syrah

Production: 105 cases
Bottling: July, 2013
Aging: 21 months 65% new French oak barrels
Release: October 28, 2014

"It’s all about limestone.  The many trips in Bordeaux, the numerous tastings that we have shared, created a mutual passion for enjoying specific wines made from grapes grown on limestone. The purity and redefined sensation of quiet power won our sensibility and appreciation for these wines.”

~ Philippe and Cherie Melka, proprietors

This wine marks the first Syrah ever to be produced by Melka Wines.  After searching for a vineyard that meets the high standards needed to produce a Syrah of diistinction, the Paderewski Vineyard was selected.  Rich in limestone, the resultant wine is dense, polished, round and elegant with aromas of dark fruit, black pepper, cedar and spice.  This wine is all about finesse and length, finishing with long lasting aromas of berries and spice.

100% SYRAH

Production: 100 cases
Bottling: May, 2013
Aging: 20 months 75% new French oak
Release: October 22, 2013

"The goal in creating this wine was to produce a Syrah that was similar in style to some of the great Hermitage in France, not a classic Californian Syrah that usually have a tendency for overripe characters."

~Philippe & Cherie Melka, proprietors

40% GRENACHE; 30% SYRAH; 30% MOURVEDRE

Production: 150 cases
Bottling: Spring, 2018
Aging: 19 months in 20% new French oak
Release: Fall, 2018
Maturity: 5-10 years
Retail Price: TBD

"Co-fermented in 100% new large oak puncheons, this Rhone blend represents a wine that we had a desire to produce from this vineyard. Meant to enjoy young but showing all the complexity and depth that this vineyard has to offer.”

— Philippe and Cherie Melka, proprietors

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. By far, one of our best efforts from this vineyard to date.

65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet franc
100% barrel fermented


Production: 145 cases
Bottling: July, 2016
Aging: 22 months in French oak barrels
65% new
Release:  July 11, 2017
Suggested Retail:  $165.00

 “The 2014 Le Châtelet Grand Cru Classé is truly a classic Bordeaux vintage – beautifully balanced and inviting."

-Cherie & Philippe Melka, proprietors

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 quickly become one of our favorites.  With aromatics of cherry, pepper and minty fresh herbs, the wine conjures up images of the forest floor.  The wine is round and crisp with higher acidity which will absolutely thrill the purest of Bordeaux connoisseurs.  Its tannic structure is firm and focused with a slight leathery feel.  This is a wine that begs to be paired with rich fowl such as duck confit or a salade Landaise.

65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet franc
100% barrel fermented


Production: 145 cases
Bottling: July, 2015
Aging: 22 months in French oak barrels
70% new
Release:  July 14, 2016
Suggested Retail:  $165.00

 “The 2013 Le Châtelet Grand Cru Classé is reminiscent of a classic Bordeaux vintage – cooler which shows purity of the fruit and crisp vibrancy.”

-Cherie & Philippe Melka, proprietors

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 stunning wine has quickly become one of our favorites. With a truly unique nose full of bright cherry, plum and distinct varietal expression, this wine has a lovely soft entry with the Merlot while the Cabernet franc gives it its structure. The beauty in this wine is the balance and length of the finish with sweet lingering tannins. Recommended to decant. This wine can easily be enjoyed over the following 20+ years.

67% MERLOT, 33% CABERNET FRANC
100% BARREL FERMENTED

Production: 145 cases
Bottling: July 2014
Aging: 20 months in 70% new French Oak
Release: July 14, 2015
Suggested Retail: $165.00

"Marking our seventh offering from Château Le Chatelet, this Grand Cru Classé is back to a more traditional style of Bordeaux with this exquisite vintage. This is a Bordeaux at its finest."

- Cherie & Philippe Melka, proprietors

This vineyard located right next to downtown Saint Emilion is one of the most charming places on earth and produces wines of incredible depth. The 2010 impresses with its captivating bouquet of licorice and spice. This opulent, full bodied wine reveals superb purity and a layered mouthfeel with ripe tannins and crisp acidity. This wine can be enjoyed over the following 25+ years.

67% MERLOT, 33% CABERNET FRANC
100% BARREL FERMENTED

Production: 140 cases of 750ml
Bottling: July 2012
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels, 60% new oak
Release: May 7, 2013

This vineyard located right next to downtown Saint Emilion is one of the most charming places on earth and produces wines of incredible depth. 2009 has become the most acclaimed vintage in the last 50+ years.

60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 100% Barrel Fermented

This vineyard located right next to downtown Saint Emilion is one of the most charming places on earth and produces wines of incredible depth.  2009 has become the most acclaimed vintage in the last 50+ years.  The nose is pure raspberry and cherry confiture intermixed with rock, licorice, fennel and a subtlety of wood.  This wine of sheer density and richness, boasts good vibrancy, viscosity and seamlessly integrated tannins.  It is a very well structured wine that will benefit from a bit of cellaring and can be enjoyed over the following 25+ years. 

Production: 120 cases of 750ml
Bottling: July 2010
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels, 75% new oak
Release: May1, 2012

This seamlessly integrated and balanced wine exhibits the essence of crushed rocks that emulate the typical terroir of Saint Emilion.

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet franc, 100% barrel fermented

Our third vintage from this fabulous vineyard right next to Beausejour Becot, the 2008 exhibits ripe, black cherry and chocolate notes with the addition of spice favoring cloves and tobacco.  The entry of this wine is fluid and seamless showing exquisite balance and well integrated tannins.  The texture soft yet not linear, with multi-dimensional character.

Production: 150 cases of 750ml
Bottling: July 2010
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels, 75% new oak
Release: Bastille Day 2011

This full-bodied wine is a wonderful expression of this great terroir which expresses finesse and complexity. An extreme selection process results in a blend of 30% cabernet franc and 70% merlot, achieving a perfect balance.

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet franc, 100% barrel fermented

Our second vintage from this wonderful vineyard right next to Beausejour Becot, this full-bodied wine is a wonderful expression of this great terroir which expresses finesse and complexity.  After an extreme selection process, we feel that we have reached the perfect balance between cabernet franc and merlot.  The refined aromatics of black fruits, cassis and graphite are seductive and inviting.  This Grand Cru should cellar well for at least 10 years.

Production: 175 cases of 750ml
Bottling: July 2009
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels, 75% new oak
Release: Bastille Day 2010

Recommended to drink or hold - maturity 10 years

Barrel fermentations are instrumental to the integration and softness of the fruit resulting in a bouquet of crushed minerals, new saddle leather and bright cherry fruit.This medium bodied, earthy St. Emilion boasts a round and supple texture with a nice spicy finish. A charming wine that demonstrates good purity.

92% Merlot and 8% Cabernet Franc
100% Barrel Fermented

Production: 100 cases
Bottling: May 2008
Aging: 19 months in 75% new French oak
Release: Bastille Day 2009

This is the inaugural vintage of our first ever-produced French wine that brings us back to
Philippe's roots in France. The vineyard is located on a beautiful site next to Beausejour Becot.
The soils of limestone and clay allow us to create a unique blend that will surely satisfy
the most discerning of French palates.

- Cherie & Philippe Melka, proprietors

released January 23, 2018

With a nose boasting of subtle cherry and raspberry along with floral and mineral notes, this rich and creamy wine exhibits a unique combination of crushed rocks and bright red fruit.  The hillside site can be credited for creating this more floral and red fruit focussed wine.  Well balanced with great structure, this CJ will undoubtedly be a huge crowd pleaser.

80% Cabernet sauvignon, 
12% CABERNET FRANC,  8% MERLOT 
100% Napa Valley


Production:  1700 cases
Bottling:  June of 2017
Aging: 19 months 30% new French oak
Release:  January 23, 2018
Suggested Retail:  $75.00

“The vintage was a warm one but the Cabernet for CJ comes from a cooler hillside site.  This wine is an exceptional showing of an amazing vintage.”
~ Philippe and Cherie Melka, proprietors

released January 24, 2017

With an extremely seductive nose boasting dark fruit, black cherry and earthiness in its aroma profile, this elegant, textural wine exhibits floral and toasty, silky and vibrant, juicy and sweet all at the same time. Well balanced with integrated acidity, tannin and alcohol, this sumptuous and expressive Cabernet is one for the ages.

76% Cabernet sauvignon, 10% PETIT VERDOT
8% CABERNET FRANC,  6% MERLOT 
100% Napa Valley


Production:  1800 cases
Bottling:  June of 2016
Aging: 19 months 30% new French oak
Release:  January 24, 2017
Suggested Retail:  $75.00

“The vintage was exceptional by all counts and this particular CJ demonstrates maturity and elegance.  Befitting since our kids bearing those initials have become fine young adults.”
~ Philippe and Cherie Melka, proprietors
~ 94 pts, Robert Parker, Jr.

This vintage produced some amazing wines in the Napa Valley and our CJ is no exception.  With an extremely seductive nose boasting black fruit and black currants in its aroma profile, this lush and layered wine demonstrates well-ripened fruit along with well integrated acidity.  Chocolate and gravelly with tons of finesse, the powerful tannins are present but round and voluptuous.  This CJ has all the components of a great wine: approachability, depth and the ability to age.

81% Cabernet sauvignon, 9% Cabernet franc
7% Merlot and 3% Petit verdot
100% Napa Valley


Production:  1700 cases
Bottling:  May of 2015
Aging: 18 months 30% new French oak
Release:  January 26, 2016
Suggested Retail:  $65.00

“While still perhaps too early to judge, we feel this is easily one of the top three vintages from the seventeen produced to date.”
~ Philippe and Cherie Melka, proprietors

This vintage was a very striking and plentiful one and this CJ has the amazing depth that resonates with the 2012 harvest.  With intense aromatics of dark red cherry, cedar, smoke and leather along with incredible richness, this wine demonstrates how a very complex wine can also be truly balanced and lush.  This is certainly one of the most structured CJ's that we have ever produced to date.

76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% PETIT VERDOT,
8% MERLOT, 4% CABERNET FRANC

100% Napa Valley

Production: 1700 cases
Bottling: May of  2014
Aging: 18 months, 30% new French oak
Release: January 13, 2015
Suggested Retail: 65.00

“We strive to create a wine that will prove to be the best value cabernet on the market.  This was our goal when we started this label back in 1996 - this current vintage does not disappoint.”
~ Philippe and Cherie Melka, proprietors

What a fun vintage for a French winemaker - back to the tradition of low alcohol and finesse. It felt like we were in Bordeaux and not California. This wine's blend composition is a reflection of the vintage. Having selected out all the Cabernet that did not meet our standards, the resultant wine is a round, sumptuous wine with silky tannins with notes of black currant fruit, tobacco, mocha, and cedar that combine with a long and lingering finish. This Cabernet is lush, delicious and loaded with character.

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% PETIT VERDOT, 9% MERLOT, 4% CABERNET FRANC

100% NAPA VALLEY

Production: 1800 cases
Bottling: June 2013
Aging: 18 months, 45% new French oak
Release: September 24, 2013

"We strive to create a wine that will prove to be the best value cabernet on the market.  This was our goal when we started this label back in 1996 - this current vintage does not disappoint."

– Cherie & Philippe Melka, proprietors

The 2010 CJ is a seductive, opulent wine exhibiting dark purple/ruby color with characteristics of licorice, spice, tobacco and plenty of black currant along with good plushness and a long, luxurious finish.  Despite a couple of storms in October, we harvested the grapes in a perfect condition of ripeness which yields a wine with great finesse, earthy tones and beautiful tannins.  This vintage will be considered as one of the finest in Napa Valley.

83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet franc, 2% petit verdot
100% Napa Valley

Production: 2000 cases
Bottling: June 2012
Aging: 20 months, 45% new French oak
Release: September 18, 2012

"We strive to create a wine that will prove to be the best value cabernet on the market.  This was our goal when we started this label back in 1996 - this current vintage does not disappoint."

– Cherie & Philippe Melka, proprietors

2009 was a cooler vintage in general and as a result this wine exhibits more dark fruit characters.  Plentiful aromas of dark cherry, cassis, tobacco with ripe, sweet fruit abound.  This full-bodied wine is extremely lush and vibrant - with hints of spice and tar layered in between and possessing powerful, soft tannins.  The finish is dense and long.

83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet franc, 6% petit verdot and 4% Merlot
100% Napa Valley

Production: 1800 cases
Bottling: June 2010
Aging: 20 months in one year old French oak 
Release: Fall 2011

In 2009 we were able to source additional high end vineyards from extraordinary sites to be able to produce more of this stunning cabernet. CJ continues to prove itself as one of the best value cabernets from Napa Valley.

– Cherie & Philippe Melka, proprietors

This wine exhibits aromas of blueberry, anise and black currants along with subtle hints of Asian spices.  This full-bodied, dense and concentrated wine is packed with rich fruit flavors.  It possesses a velvety texture with a mouth feel full of layers.  This wine is the best expression of some of the great hillside vineyards in southern Napa Valley.

91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot
100% Napa Valley

Production: 1450 cases
Bottling: June 2010
Aging: 20 months in one year old French oak
Release: Fall 2010

In 2008, CJ has surpassed our expectations of a wine with incredible depth and character.  This wine continues to epitomize the best value cabernet from Napa Valley.

– Cherie & Philippe Melka, proprietors

Dense, dark and simply delicious. These three descriptors vividly explain this wine.
The aromas of black currants are intermixed with cedar, earth and vanillin. This full-bodied and
opulent wine has a velvety texture and seamlessly integrated tannins.
Undoubtedly one of the best made CJ's to date.

82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot & 9% Petit Verdot
100% Napa Valley

Production: 1300 cases
Bottling: June 2009
Aging: 20 months in one year old French oak
Release: Fall 2009

Chloe and Jeremy have been developing their maturity and in so doing, their uniqueness has evolved.
As we see them grow, the CJ brand has also grown to emulate their distinctive character.

– Cherie & Philippe Melka, proprietors

Lean and earthy with dark berry flavors combine with vanilla and cinder box to excite the senses. Firm yet super juicy, this succulent Napa Valley classic is a wine that never disappoints. The velvety tannins integrate seemlessly with the acidity making this wine approachable even in its youth.

85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc
100% Napa Valley

Production: 1100 cases produced
Bottling: June 2008
Aging: 19 months in 59 gallon French oak barrels, 75% new oak
Release: October 2008

Recommended to drink or hold for up to 7-10 years.

"This wine joyfully commemorates our tenth vintage of CJ Cabernet. We have had such fun involving
our children with thisproject and teaching them the importance of integrity and dedication."

- Cherie & Philippe Melka, owners and winemakers

The aromatics of this wine are extremely rich with blackberry, fig and vanilla. It expresses intense youthfulness which shows through to the finish. It is concentrated without being heavy. Superbly integrated acidity and sweet tannins make for an enjoyable wine. Decanting is strongly recommended.

83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
100% Napa Valley

Production: 1500 cases produced
Bottling: May 2007
Aging: 19 months in 59 gallon French oak barrels, 75% new oak
Release: Fall 2007

"This wine clearly demonstrates evolution and maturity. Like our children, it is beginning to reveal
it's true character which is liveliness and playfulness along with depth and seriousness"

- Philippe and Cherie Melka, winemakers.

This wine is reminiscent of the 2003: it is a dense "big cab" style but with enough harmony and integration to make it approachable. The aromas of smoke, blackberry, liquor and oak spices increase in intensity with aeration. The mouth feel is broad with a rich texture and luscious sweetness.

93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc
100% Napa Valley

Production: 990 cases produced
Bottling: June 2006
Aging: 19 months in 59 gallon French oak barrels
Release: November 2006

Recommended to drink or hold.

"The 2004 CJ is a wine that exhibits both elegance and structure. To us the CJ has
become a wine that is tried and true - like the love of our children."

- Cherie & Philippe Melka, owners

This wine is a densely structured full bodied cabernet with a deep red color. The aromatics are a mix of blackberry, tar and chocolate with floral overtones. The wine is rich with dark fruit flavors, chocolate and smokiness with layers of complexity. It has a nice long finish and benefits from decanting.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Napa Valley

Production: 1100 cases
Bottling: June 2005
Aging: 19 months in 59 gallon French oak barrels, 50% new oak
Release: December 2005

Recommended to drink or hold.

"The 2003 CJ is by far one of our best efforts to date. We have achieved a wine that shows its
seriousness without losing its charm and playful nature. It reminds us - that like our children
- wine can be serious yet made to enjoy."

- Cherie & Philippe Melka, owners

This wine is an expressive, full bodied cabernet with deep red color. The aromatics are a mix of dark fruits, such as blackberry and currant, with subtle notes of oak and vanilla. The wine is rich with flavors of raspberry, chocolate and smokiness with a mouthfeel that lends itself to layers of complexity yet superbly balanced. It finishes smoothly with soft, polished tannins.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Napa Valley

Production: 1100 cases
Bottling: July, 2004
Aging: 18 months in 59 gallon barrels, 40% new oak
Release: December 2004

Recommended to hold up to 7 years

"The 2002 CJ is one of our favorite vintages of this wine due to its richness; full of blackberries, blackcurrant and smoky character. It reminds us of the energy and pleasure that a 6 and 8 year old can give."

-Cherie & Philippe Melka, owners

The color is a deep, dark red. The nose exhibits earthy flavors with notes of cedar, tobacco and nice aromatics of blackberry fruit. The wine boasts flavors of coffee, chocolate, tar and smokiness with loads of texture. This medium to full-bodied wine is an explosion in the glass with a long, ripe finish.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Napa Valley

The color is a deep, dark red. The nose exhibits earthy flavors with notes of cedar, tobacco and nice aromatics of blackberry fruit. The wine boasts flavors of coffee, chocolate, tar and smokiness with loads of texture. This medium to full-bodied wine is an explosion in the glass with a long, ripe finish.

Production: 710 cases
Bottling: August 2003
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels
Release: Fall 2003

The color is a bright deep red. The nose is aromatically intense after just a few seconds in the glass. It is juicy, with dark fruits, licorice and anise with notes of earthiness and tar. The wine is round with a deep and generous mouthfeel. The attack is soft, full of flavors, elegant and pure. The finish comes with soft tannins, and a touch of sweetness. This is a classic CJ - full of generosity, sensitivity, youth and energy.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Napa Valley

Production: 600 cases
Bottling: June 2002
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels; 45% new oak
Release: Fall 2002

"...a truly beautiful bottle of wine. The aromas sing of vanilla and sweet berries
and the wine is delicious, soft, and round in the mouth - WOW!"

- The Wine Steward

The aromatics show vanilla, caramel and blackberries. The wine is delicious; the entrance is round with a nice soft texture, it is juicy and finishes with perfumed bright cherry.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Napa Valley

Production: 600 cases
Bottling: June 2001
Release: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels; 45% new oak
Aging: Fall 2001

Recommended to drink or hold.

". . . this is a wine that shows character, elegance and charm, all of which typify the winemaking style of Philippe Melka."

- Garret Murphy - Vintner's Collective

The appearance is a dark deep red. An impressive nose of fruit intensity reveals aromsas of black currant, anise and red cherry. Full of youth, this wine explodes flavors of caramel, smokiness, coffee, licorice and spice. The mouthfeel is harmonious with polished tannins.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Napa Valley

Production: 600 cases
Bottling: June 2000
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels; 45% new oak
Release: Fall 2000

Recommended to drink.

"You might also seek out a few second-label wines from producers
with good reputations, which parallel the elegance of their pricier siblings."

- Wine & Spirits, Fall 2001

Ripe aromatics of cedar, sweet vanilla and blueberries. Medium to full bodied, the wine is linear showing a big extraction of fruit. The finish is long and ripe with very polished tannins and firm acidity. A vibrant wine to be enjoyed in its youth.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Napa Valley

Production: 600 cases
Bottling: July 1999
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrels; 45% new oak
Release: Fall 1999

Recommended to drink or hold.

"November 1999 Red plum and black currant flavors, meaty texture, cedar notes and velvety tannins."

- The San Francisco Chronicle

The nose exhibits earthy flavors, leather and blackcurrant. A medium bodied wine, the entrance is smooth and seductive with nice aromatics of cola and red cherry. The finish is intense developing supple tannins and animal characters.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Napa Valley

Production: 200 cases
Bottling: June 1998
Aging: 20 months in 59 gallon barrel; 45% new oak
Release: Fall 1998

Recommended to drink now.

"Dense and minerally, with a core of tar, earth and black cherry flavors. Rustic but flavorful, with wild tannins."

- The Wine Spectator, November, 1999

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