Unicorn Hunting in Napa 

... That afternoon the Valley came alive with preview parties. From Napa Town to Calistoga, Howell Mountain to Spring Mountain, the Premiere Napa Valley wines were poured along with current and future releases, in the hopes of attracting buzz. Can you believe that Mekerra sauvignon blanc by Melka? Did you try the Fairchild Sigaro-—it’s a Melka. One name kept coming up.

Legendary winemaker Philippe Melka’s portrait dots the auction book 11 times—like the kid in the high school yearbook who was in every club. At an unofficial portfolio tasting later that day, I found out why ...

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Philippe Melka's "Winemaker Boot Camp" Featured in Marin Magazine 

Philippe Melka is one of the top winemakers in the world, but for three days this spring he might as well be your new best friend. Twice a year Melka and his wife, Cherie, host a three-day insider experience called Winemaker Boot Camp that includes an intimate look at the Melka way of life, including a wine reception at their home, dinners with the couple at St. Helena’s Press and the three-Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood, early morning vineyard tours and a winemaking class with Melka himself. The boot camp kicks off April 19 (just in time for the growing season’s bud break), but sign up now, as space is limited to 10 people. $10,000 per person; for more information call 707.963.6008. S.T

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Philippe Melka featured in just released "Wines of California" 

by Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen

Bordeaux-born and -educated, Philippe Melka is a winemaker and winemaking consultant. His client list includes Vineyard 29, Quintessa, and Seavey, for which he makes well-regarded and High-scoring wines. He also makes wines under his eponymous label, Melka Wines, with his wife, Cherie.

How did you get involved in the world of wine?

I was born and raised in Bordeaux, intrigued by the land around me. When it came time for college, I acted on my childhood interests and studied geology at the University of Bordeaux. A class in winemaking propelled me to earn my master’s degree from the school in agronomy and enology.


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2012 Melka La Mekerra Vineyard Proprietary Red awarded 98! 

The other two wines from Knights Valley that I tasted include a virtually perfect 2012 Proprietary Red La Mekera made from 52% Cabernet Franc and 49% Merlot. This is Philippe Melka’s Northern California version of Cheval Blanc and he has pulled it off brilliantly. A real look-alike for that great estate in St.-Emilion, this wine has beautiful mulberry, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit mixed with licorice, forest floor and incense. Terrific in texture, opulent, full-bodied mouthfeel, stunning purity, yet a freshness and liveliness that is just remarkable. Sadly, there are only 349 cases of this wine that spent 20 months in French oak, of which 60% was new. This should continue to drink well for at least another decade or more.

Wine Advocate #215 Oct 2014
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2012 Melka Sauvignon Blanc Mekera Vineyard awarded 94! 

One might raise their eyebrows at the price of Melka's Sauvignon Blanc, but it’s one of the great Sauvignons being produced in the modern world. I don’t know how he quite pulled off such an amazing 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Mekera Vineyard, but it comes from a high elevation, hillside parcel in Knights Valley, which I think is where Peter Michael produces their Sauvignon. It’s a blend of 96% Sauvignon Blanc and 4% Muscadelle. Why is it so magnificent? It shows incredibly sweet, ripe, exotic mango, caramelized grapefruit, melons and a hint of pineapple. With terrific texture, yet light on its feet, this is made from the same clone of Sauvignon which Vineyard 29 utilizes. It spent 20 months in 100% new French oak, and yet the oak is pushed way to the background of this gorgeous wine that should drink well for 4-5 years.

Wine Advocate #215 Oct 2014
2012 Sauvignon Blanc