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Jumping Goat Vineyard

Melka Métisse Napa Valley
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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

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