Chardonnay

Melka Mekerra Sonoma
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This one acre planting of Chardonnay on our high elevation vineyard is truly beginning to produce a wine that can rival some of the most established Chardonnay producers.  Planted in 2012 on the southwest slope of the property, the vines only yield two tons of fruit.  Aromatics that leap from the glass of banana, honeysuckle, vanilla, with a creamy nose and a subtle floral component of chamomile.  The mouthfeel is rich despite there being no malolactic fermentation and still maintains its great minerality.

100% CHARDONNAY

100% BARREL FERMENTED
100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production: 75 cases
Bottling: May, 2018
Aging: 19 months in French oak
Release: September 17, 2019

“This Chardonnay is sure to be a crowd pleaser due to its classic style."

~ Philippe and Cherie Melka, proprietors

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.

100% CHARDONNAY

100% BARREL FERMENTED
100% KNIGHTS VALLEY

Production: 50 cases
Bottling: August, 2017
Aging: 20 months in French oak
Release: May 22, 2018

“This is by far our best Chardonnay to date. It is a classic wine showing pure varietal character."

~ Philippe and Cherie Melka, proprietors

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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

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