1999 Melka CJ
CJ Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
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+
POINTS
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
Stellar Cabs 

For cabernet sauvignons, 2007 was a very good year, with a bumper crop of grapes. Now that those wines are hitting the market, we flag eight you'll want to uncork.

Melka Wines CJ Cabernet Sauvignon, $48
What you need to know: Philippe Melka is best known as a winemaker to Napa Valley superstars such as Vineyard 29 and Dana Estates. On their own, Melka and his wife, Cherie, produce this big, fruity, and pleasantly tannic wine. It's full-bodied with a pronounced undertone of currants. Melka describes CJ as "the kind of wine I like to drink." We'll toast to that.

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Private Club
2007 CJ Cabernet Sauvignon
Robert Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, Issue 186 

A good bargain for Napa is the 2007 CJ, a 1,300 case blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest equal parts Merlot and Petit Verdot.  This seductive, hedonistic, dense ruby/purple-colored offering exhibits plenty of black currant, licorice, smoke, and earth characteristics along with an outstanding texture, good plushness and opulence, and a 7-10 years of life ahead of it.

 

Reviewer: Robert Parker, Jr.

Wine Advocate
2007 CJ Cabernet Sauvignon
90
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California Cabernet Sauvignon Report 

MELKA

Serves up a rich spicy mix of red currant, plum and loamy earth flavors that are intense, focused and persistent, ending with ripe integrated tannins.  Drink now through 2014 - J.L.

Wine Spectator
2005 CJ Cabernet Sauvignon
90
POINTS
California Cabernet Sauvignon Report 
MELKA
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley CJ 2004 92 $45
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley CJ 2003 88 $40
Métisse Napa Valley 2004 93 $90

 

Wine Spectator
2004 CJ Cabernet Sauvignon
92
POINTS
 

Here is a wine that combines all the best aspects of Napa Valley Cabernets in a rich, complex and balanced package. Its medium-depth aromas and flavors deliver curranty fruit set against a most attractive backdrop of cocoa, caramel, rooty extracts and pencil lead minerality, and it's plush, mouthfilling texture adds further to its impressive personality.

Connoisseurs' Guide
2001 CJ Cabernet Sauvignon
91
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“...a truly beautiful bottle of wine. The aromas sing of vanilla and sweet berries and the wine is delicious, soft, and round in the mouth - WOW!”--

The Wine Steward
2000 CJ Cabernet Sauvignon
Top 100 Wines 
San Francisco Chronicle
1997 CJ Cabernet Sauvignon
Fall 2001, Rarefind, Value in California, by Taylor Antrim 

You might also seek out a few second-label wines from producers with good reputations (Napanook from Dominus, CJ from Philippe Melka’s Metisse brand, for instance) which parallel the elegance of their pricier siblings. Of course, the best trick to finding value is to ignore the buzz, the high prices, the promise that expensive cabernet will somehow enhance your lifestyle. Those of us who love wine know that the sweetest rewards lie in discovery, and a good cabernet at a good price is one of the rarest discoveries around.

Wine & Spirits
CJ Cabernet Sauvignon