The Right Wines for Summer Grilling 

Summer grilling season is in full swing, which is a perfect opportunity for us to try different food and wine pairings. Wine as a whole goes better with food than any other beverage and with so many varieties to choose from, there are numerous pairing options with grilled food. The naturally occurring sugar, acidity and alcohol in wine to complement almost anything cooked with flames...

... Cabernet Sauvignon to try: Melka CJ Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2012, California ($65). Indulgent as a velvet smoking jacket, the Melka Cab is packed with ripe plum, black cherry, cassis and mocha with baking spice and tobacco. The silky tannins are soft as a kitten purring for another bite of your steak.

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2012 CJ Cabernet Sauvignon
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
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
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
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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2008 CJ Cabernet Sauvignon