Martinez Vineyard

Melka Métisse Napa
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Our fourth vintage from this vineyard located on Pritchard Hill at 1200 feet in elevation above Oakville.  We continue to learn what kind of wines we can craft with these three varieties from this particular site.  The aromatics of blackberry, tobacco, black pepper, crushed wet rock and dense earthiness leap from the glass.  The wine is extremely complex with fantastic vibrancy and energy alongside very savory elements reminiscent of hillside character.  The tannins are refined and their intensity increases on the palate.

 67% CABERNET SAUVIGNON,  22% CABERNET FRANC  AND 11% PETIT VERDOT
100% NAPA VALLEY


Production: 425 cases 750ml, 15 cases 1.5L
Bottling: June, 2020
Aging: 20 months in 75% new French oak barrels

"A classic hillside style from Pritchard Hill combining tension and finesse."
-Philippe & Cherie Melka, proprietors

"The 2018 Martinez is elegant and energetic in the mouth, with a chewy texture ad savory finish."
-Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

Our third vintage from this vineyard located on Pritchard Hill at 1200 feet in elevation above Oakville.  We continue to learn what kind of wines we can craft with these three varieties from this particular site.  The natural intensity from this vineyard has created a full throttle Cabernet.  Its exuberant dark blackberry nose with touches of graphite, tobacco, licorice and hot gravel.  An incredibly structured wine with a pure mountain fruit expression, this stunner will benefit with a bit more bottle age and drink well for decades.

 70% CABERNET SAUVIGNON,  20% CABERNET FRANC  AND 10% PETIT VERDOT
100% NAPA VALLEY

Harvest Dates:  September 28, October 4
Production: 270 cases 750ml, 25 cases 1.5L
Bottling: May, 2019
Aging: 20 months in 80% new French oak barrels

"Creating a distinctive wine from this famous growing region has been a dream and the 2017 is clearly our best effort to date."
-Philippe & Cherie Melka, proprietors

"This 2017 has so much to offer - even in the early going, this wine is a knockout."
-Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Our second vintage of this wine coming from Pritchard Hill at 1200 feet in elevation above St. Helena.  We continue to learn what kind of wines we  can craft with these three varieties from this particular site.  The iconic wines from this area are noted for their complexity and this wine is no exception.  The aromas of minerality and crushed rock along with dark cherry, strawberry and toast leap from the glass.  There is superb tension in the wine, yet it is seductive and has what we would characterize as tight power.  An incredible multi-dimensional wine with superb length and refined tannins.

 60% CABERNET SAUVIGNON,  23% PETIT VERDOT AND 17% CABERNET FRANC
100% NAPA VALLEY

Production: 280 cases 750ml, 25 cases 1.5L
Bottling: June, 2018
Aging: 22 months in 85% new French oak barrels
Release: May 21, 2019
Maturity: 15-20 years

"The iron rich soils and huge boulders reminiscent of "The Hill" are the foundation for this dauntless wine."

~ Philippe & Cherie Melka, proprietors

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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