- Producer: Melka Estates
- Winemaker: Philippe Melka
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (St. Helena)
- Blend: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot
- Vintage production: 520 cases
- Winery location: Saint Helena (Glass Mountain District)
- Owners: Philippe & Cherie Melka
- First vintage: 2007
- Drinking window: 2019-2049
About The Wine
Melka's well-known Jumping Goat vineyard, located in the AVA of St. Helena, was harvested later in 2016 than the previous year. A beautiful growing season yielded spectacular quality and the wine aromatically boasts lush, bright raspberry fruit along with cloves, crushed rock and its signature perfumed characters. Superbly creamy and layered, there is amazing freshness and tension to the wine and it is simultaneously very seductive and strong. Multi-dimensional with incredible density in the mid-palate of dark fruits yet finishes with sublime red fruits.
It was aged 20 months in French oak barrels (80% new) before bottling in June, 2018.
MELKA Métisse Jumping Goat Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
"Moving to Napa and from a tiny vineyard next to Spottswoode, the 2016 Metisse Jumping Goat Vineyard is a perfumed, elegant wine that offers Château Margaux-like elegance and complexity. Crème de cassis, black raspberries, violets, sandalwood, and a beautiful sense of gravelly minerality all give way to a full-bodied, seamless red that has fine tannins, the freshness and elegance of the vintage, and a great, great finish. A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, and the rest Merlot, aged 20 months in 80% new French oak, it’s a brilliant wine that flirts with perfection. It will keep for 30+ years."
98+ points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2019)