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.

The Tasting Panel
2011 CJ Cabernet Sauvignon
90
POINTS
The Tasting Panel 

Smooth, ripe and juicy with lush, velvety texture; deep plum, mocha and chocolate; dense, rich and balanced with a long finish.

The Tasting Panel
2010 CJ Cabernet Sauvignon
91
POINTS
2009 Melka CJ Awarded 91+ 

The 2009 CJ is a big, rich wine bursting with dark fruit, smoke, tobacco and licorice. It flows across the palate in a rich, generous style that is immensely appealing. This is huge and delicious. In other words, a quintessential Philippe Melka wine at an approachable price. The 2009 is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot from vineyards in Soda Canyon, Pritchard Hill and Yountville. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2017.

I was very impressed with these wines from Philippe and Cherie Melka. The Melkas source fruit from a variety of vineyards in Napa Valley and Knights Valley. The flagship Metisse series represents a blend of French and American cultures.

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Wine Advocate #198 Dec 2011
2009 CJ Cabernet Sauvignon
91+
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Robert Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, Issue 186 

The 2008 CJ is a soft, round, upfront red exhibiting lush black cherry and mocha-infused black currant fruit, silky tannins, hints of loamy soil and tobacco leaf notes and a generous, opulent mid-palate and finish.  Drink this delicious, heady 2008 over the next decade.

Reviewer: Robert Parker, Jr.

Maturity: 10 years

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Wine Advocate
2008 CJ Cabernet Sauvignon
90
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What I'm drinking 

Who: Jerry Lasco, The Tasting Room owner

Melka CJ Cabernet Sauvignon: My favorite napa cab at the moment, it's very well crafted with deep, rich fruit and a nice touch of wood. Made my star winemaker Philippe Melka.

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Houstin Chronicle
CJ Cabernet Sauvignon