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Melka Metisse Jumping Goat Vineyard 2018

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750ML / 14.9% ABV
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750ML / 14.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Melka's well-known Jumping Goat vineyard located in the AVA of St. Helena is one of the standout wines in their portfolio. A deep garnet purple color boasting aromatics of raspberry, dark cherry and chocolate with floral notes of rose petal, lavender and violet - an extremely perfumed wine. The entry is very inviting with lively acid and great minerality and is very powerful and bold with well-integrated tannins. The finish is long and lingering. This luscious wine will age beautifully. This Jumping Goat could be defined as one of the most European style's to date.

Blend: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot

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V 98
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Jumping Goat Vineyard Métisse captures all the natural radiance and voluptuousness that is so typical of wines from this central sector of St. Helena. Powerful, bold and luscious, the 2018 is a headspinning beauty. Dark red/purplish berry fruit, licorice, mint and cedar open first. A firm backbone of tannin and acid lurks beneath all of that fruit richness. The 2018 is a wonderfully complete wine to treasure and savor over the next 15-20 years, maybe more. It is one of the very finest wines I have tasted from Philippe and Cherie Melka.
JS 96
James Suckling
The tannins are so nicely integrated and firm with wonderful length. Full-bodied and polished with stone and dark-fruit character. Flavorful finish. Nice balance and length. Drink after 2022 or later.
JD 95
Jeb Dunnuck
A mix of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2018 Metisse Jumping Goat Vineyard comes all from St. Helena and was aged in 65% new oak. Wonderful crème de cassis, white flowers, unsmoked tobacco, spice, and hints of lead pencil all emerge from the glass. Full-bodied, with a layered, elegant texture and polished tannins, this is just a gorgeous 2018 that will evolve for 20 years or more.
RP 95
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Composed of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2018 Metisse Jumping Goat Vineyard is deep garnet-purple colored and springs from the glass with vibrant scents of crushed black cherries, fresh blackberries and blackcurrant jelly with suggestions of menthol, pencil lead, dark chocolate and violets. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is chock-full of energetic, crunchy black fruits, supported by ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing long and perfumed.
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Melka, California
Philippe and Cherie Melka have been sharing their passion for creating exceptional wines since 1996 with the releases of the CJ and Metisse wines. Their vision was to grow these two wines into something consumers would anticipate when released. Production was very small, quality high and visibility in the marketplace limited. Those were their intentions. Today, the Melkas are proud to continue to produce CJ Cabernet along with three single vineyard Metisse wines from Napa Valley, Knights Valley and St. Emilion. Philippe and Cherie continue to pursue their vision of producing wines that demonstrate the uniqueness of site and varietal as the project arcs into its second decade above the radar and in full fruition.
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Undoubtedly proving its merit over and over, Napa Valley is a now a leading force in the world of prestigious red wine regions. Though Cabernet Sauvignon dominates Napa Valley, other red varieties certainly thrive here. Important but often overlooked include Merlot and other Bordeaux varieties well-regarded on their own as well as for their blending capacities. Very old vine Zinfandel represents an important historical stronghold for the region and Pinot noir is produced in the cooler southern parts, close to the San Pablo Bay.

Perfectly situated running north to south, the valley acts as a corridor, pulling cool, moist air up from the San Pablo Bay in the evenings during the hot days of the growing season, which leads to even and slow grape ripening. Furthermore the valley claims over 100 soil variations including layers of volcanic, gravel, sand and silt—a combination excellent for world-class red wine production.

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