The Un-Chardonnay: Limited Edition, Cutting Edge Gems 

SHOW SAUVIGNON BLANC THE LOVE–plant it right, crop it right, pick it right, put it in the hands of a master–and you can aspire to the kind of symphonic, tour de force white wines they bottle at Bordeaux paragons like Haut-Brion and Smith-Haut-Lafitte.... Here are six very-limited-production, cutting-edge gems that showcase what could be: the compelling heights top California Sauvignon Blancs can reach without ceding a nuance of their Sauvignon-ness. Remember the last Chardonnay you had that was this riveting, this just hold-up-the-glass-and-stare-at-the-thing fascinating? Didn’t think so.

Melka 2011 Sauvignon Blanc La Mekerra Vineyard ($145) Transplanted French wine guru Philippe Melka makes sensational Sauvignon Blanc for Lail, Dana and Vineyard 29 (above), but his own version is All-Planet: luscious, subtle, intense and almost playful as it continually evolves in the glass.

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Famous Winemakers' Affordable Bottles 

Hard To Find - Worth The Search

Philippe Melka 2010 Seavey Merlot ($45)

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Make Your Own Wine Adventure 

Tantasy Wine Camp

Genius winemaker Philippe Melka, who consults for some of the California's most lauded labels, now hosts two-day belding classes at Montbleau, his home in St. Helena and the site of his highly anticipated winery (opening this year). Though his wines often sell out immediately, $10,000 buys guests an all-access weekend with Melka and his wife, Cherie, for insider tours of the local vineyards that provide their grapes and hand-on instruction in his winemaking philosophy and techniques.

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Blue Reviews EXTRA! December 2013  

by: Anthony Dias Blue

Melka 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon “CJ,” Napa Valley ($55)
Deep and dense with velvety texture and rich plum, cassis and spice; soft herbs, concentrated and long.

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What To Drink Now: Boisset, Melka and Graham 

Earlier this year I was in Napa and had a chance to sit down with winemaker Philippe Melka, a star in Napa Valley, consulting on over a dozen different projects while developing and maintaining his own brand, Melka Wines, with his wife, also a winemaker, Cherie. From Lail to Gemstone to Brand to Dana Estates to Vineyard 29 to Cliff Lede, his impressive list of clients producing great Napa Valley wine proves both how a skilled winemaker knows how to make great fruit shine, and how incredibly different each and every part of Napa Valley is from one end of the region to the next. Like the wines he consults for, his own wine, Melka Wines, is dedicated to and defined by its superb quality....

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