Melka CJ Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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Vintage: 2018
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Melka CJ Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 is a revered wine from the esteemed Melka Estates, crafted by the talented winemaker Philippe Melka. Earning critical acclaim with 92 points from Jeb Dunnuck, this Napa Valley gem showcases an exquisite blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot, with a limited production of 1,500 cases.

The wine greets the senses with a savory bouquet, redolent of tobacco leaves, mountain herbs, and an inviting array of ripe red fruits. The nose entices with its complexity, drawing you into a world of anticipation. On the palate, the experience continues to delight, offering a succulent and enjoyable texture, highlighted by layers of fruit, well-balanced acidity, and seamlessly integrated soft tannins.

Dried plum and cranberry flavors take center stage, harmonizing beautifully with a subtle hint of vanilla, adding a touch of sophistication to the wine’s profile. As the taste journey unfolds, captivating red after notes linger on the palate, leaving a lasting impression.

The finish is both refreshing and elegant, showcasing excellent acidity, rounded tannins, and a delightful hint of sweetness. This wine’s inherent food-friendly nature makes it an excellent companion to complement a variety of dishes, particularly those featuring juicy red proteins.

Aged for 22 months in French oak, with 40% of it being new, the 2018 Melka CJ Cabernet Sauvignon epitomizes the timeless artistry of winemaking, delivering a charming and pure expression of Napa Valley’s terroir. A truly captivating and rewarding wine, worthy of its long-standing reputation and acclaim.

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Critical Acclaim

JD 92
Jeb Dunnuck
Coming mostly from the Soda Canyon region and 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon CJ has a big, ripe, fruit-driven nose of blue fruits, lots of peppery herbs and earth, medium to full-bodied richness, ripe tannins, and a great finish. This nicely balanced, pure, charming red brings loads of charm and is well worth seeking out.

What does Melka CJ Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 taste like?


leather, earthy, mushroom

cherry, raspberry, red fruit

oak, tobacco, vanilla

apricot, baked apple, quince

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

pepper, licorice, cinnamon

cheese, cream

raisin, prune

violet, lavender, perfume

Food Pairing with Melka CJ Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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Winemaker of Melka CJ Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Philippe Melka

Philippe Melka, a winemaker whose journey began in Bordeaux, France, took an unexpected turn when he enrolled in a wine course during his geology degree. Little did he know that this decision would shape his future. Under the guidance of renowned terroir specialist Professor Sequin, Melka explored the relationship between soil and wine quality, a fascination that persists to this day. Melka's quest for knowledge led him to various regions across the globe, including Napa Valley, Western Australia, Chianti in Italy, and back to Bordeaux. However, it was the astonishing diversity of terroirs in Napa Valley that captured his heart and opened new horizons for extraordinary wines. Over the past 15 years, Melka has dedicated himself to winemaking in Napa Valley, serving as a consultant to... Read More
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