1999 Melka Métisse
Métisse Proprietary Red
Napa Valley
Legends of the Fall Series - Part 1 

Firm, intense and vibrant, with chewy, chunky tannins wrapped around a core of dried currant, herb, mineral, sage and cedary oak notes.  Full-bodied, ending The dark ruby/purple-tinged 2001 Metisse exhibits a fully mature, St.-Emilion-like personality filled with sweet red and black currant fruit intermixed with roasted coffee, spicy oak, white chocolate, licorice and fruitcake. Medium to full-bodied with sweet tannin, an impressive texture and a long finish, this sexy, complex red can be enjoyed now and over the next 10-15+ years.

Over the last decade, Bordeaux-trained Philippe Melka's reputation has been impeccable given the extraordinary work he has done under his own brand as well as one of the most respected consultants in Napa Valley.

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Wine Spectator
2001 Métisse Proprietary Red
93
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Good ruby-red. Currant, dark chocolate, licorice and mint on the nose. Fat and round but fresh and high-pitched, with pure, lively flavors of currant, menthol, licorice and fresh herbs. This offers excellent chewy depth. Finishes with strong but well-distributed tannins. An excellent vintage for this bottling, the first to be made completely from cabernet sauvignon.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2001 Métisse Proprietary Red
92+
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Robert Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, Issue 150 

The 2001 Metisse is the finest example of this offering Philippe Melka has yet fashioned. Sadly, there are only 350 cases of this beautifully made, deep, opaque purple-colored wine. It offers a gorgeous perfume of black currants, acacia flowers, espresso roast and a hint of chocolate. Powerful yet well-delineated, rich and surprisingly light on its feet, it is the first 100% Cabernet Sauvignon effort Melka has produced.

Reviewer: Robert Parker

The Wine Advocate
2001 Métisse Proprietary Red
94
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Robert Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, Issue 126 

Métisse is the name of the limited production wine made by the talented young French winemaking consultant, Philippe Melka. The 1997 Proprietary Red (450 cases made from 53% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot, and 20% cabernet franc) is similar to that of the famed Chateau Haut-Brion, but the wine tastes more like a Pomerol. Deep ruby/purple, with an exuberant, exotic nose of espresso beans lathered in melted chocolate, and jammy cherry/cassis. Full bodied and velvety-textured, this opulent, hedonistic, gorgeously textured wine is already thrilling to drink. Anticipated maturity: now-2016.

The Wine Advocate
1997 Métisse Proprietary Red
93
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Robert Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, Issue 120 

This small project, about 240 cases, is a blend of 40% cabernet sauvignon, 30% cabernet franc and 30% merlot. A Bordeaux-styled red (Melka was trained under Christian Moueix), this 1996 is a stylish, complex, elegant wine. It boasts a dark ruby/purple color, followed by attractive aromatics consisting of black currants, lead pencil, cedar, spice box, and pain grille. Medium-bodied, with graceful, ripe fruit, and nicely-integrated tannin and acidity, this is an exceptionally harmonious graceful wine that opens beautifully in the glass. It will not knock tasters over with its power or extract, but there is plenty going on in this stylish, complete wine. Enjoy it now and over the next 12-14 years.

The Wine Advocate
1996 Métisse Proprietary Red
90
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Bright ruby. Subtle nose combines cassis, mocha, tobacco, lavender and smoke. Penetrating, juicy and very suave, with cassis and bitter chocolate flavors complicated by a lingering note of cured tobacco. Builds nicely on the back end, finishing harmonious, sweet and very long, with ripe, dusty tannins.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
1999 Métisse Proprietary Red
91
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Robert Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, Issue 142 

The dense ruby/purple-colored 2000 Métisse (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc) offers a sweet nose of black fruits intermixed with licorice, minerals, and toasty oak as well as ripe, accessible fruit in both the mid-palate and finish. It is an elegant offering to enjoy during its first 10-12 years of life.

Reviewer: Robert Parker
Maturity: Drink 2003-2011

The Wine Advocate
2000 Métisse Proprietary Red
89
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Over 12 months, Wine & Spirits tasted 402 American cabernet sauvignons and cabernet sauvignon blends. 

Philippe Melka blends this wine from a selection of lots he gathers at his various consulting projects in napa - including Lail, Constant, Vineyard 29, among others. It comes off as beautiful and leggy as a thoroughbread colt just learning to run: This wine is intoxicating in its youth - by no means from mere alcohol, but from the sophisticated aromatics, the crisp mineral tannins so evocative of the earth, the sheer élan of its spicy length. It may be pure Napa in its ripeness of fruit, but the refinement transcends any physical boundaries.

Wine & Spirits
1997 Métisse Proprietary Red
94
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Robert Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, Issue 126 

Philippe Melka is the winemaker for Seavey in Conn Valley. This small project, about 240 cases, is a blend of 40% cabernet sauvignon, 30% cabernet franc and 30% merlot. A Bordeaux styled red (Melka was trained under Christian Moueix), this 1996 is a stylish, complex, elegant wine. It boasts a dark ruby/purple color, followed by attractive aromatics consisting of black currants, lead pencil, cedar, spice box, and pain grille. Medium-bodied, with graceful, ripe fruit, and nicely-integrated tannin and acidity, this is an exceptionally harmonious graceful wine that opens beautifully in the glass. It will not knock tasters over with its power or extract, but there is plenty going on in this stylish, complete wine. Enjoy it now and over the next 12-14 years.

The Wine Advocate
1996 Métisse Proprietary Red
91
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Robert Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, Issue 132 

Frenchman Philippe Melka is quickly establishing a reputation as one of the finest consultants in Napa Valley. Melka produces approximately 450 cases under his own name.----The 1998 Métisse (a blend of 87% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot and 3% cabernet franc) is a gorgeously-proportioned, full-bodied, dark purple colored effort with superb density, soft, sweet tannin a generous constitution, and copious quantities of blackberry and cassis fruit nicely does with subtle new oak. Low in acidity, it is ideal for drinking over the next 12-15 years. It is an exceptional proprietary red from the 1998 vintage.

The Wine Advocate
1998 Métisse Proprietary Red
91
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Robert Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate, Issue 132 

Frenchman Philippe Melka is quickly establishing a reputation as one of the finest consultants in Napa Valley. Melka produces approximately 450 cases under his own name.----The 1999 Métisse (an assemblage of 80% cabernet sauvignon, 17% merlot, and 3% cabernet franc) represents a trial blend, with slightly more Cabernet Sauvignon than the 1998. Approximately 450 cases were produced. Like the 1998, it sees 40%-45% new oak, and, if possible, it will be bottled without filtration, although occasionally Melka will fine the wine (as he did in 1998) to soften the tannin. The 1999 exhibits a dense purple color as well as a Pomerol-like bouquet of espresso, blackberries, cherries, and chocolate. Full-bodied and velvety-textured, this promising red should be at its finest between 2004-2020.

The Wine Advocate
1999 Métisse Proprietary Red
(90-92)
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