Melka CJ Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2014

Ratings on Delectable

Matt Trader Delectable Pro

Did a little Coravin training for my team with one of their reps, Taylor. I have to say, Melka is almost always kickin', but 2013 was a bit monstrous for me. The 15.5% ABV wasn't well hidden, and the wine isn't going to be ready to drink for another 5-10 years once it has calmed down. This made me sad. Also, made me reluctant to try the equally high alcohol, 2014, also with a 94 Advocate critique. Boy was I wrong.. MELKA'S BACK, BABY! This was so elegant, like, stupid smooth and you wouldn't believe a minute that the alcohol was that high. The oak was perfect, the fruit, the tannin, all on point. This has to be the best CJ yet. Dark plum, blackberry cobbler, smoke, leather, tobacco, mocha, dark chocolate, pepper, and just a smoooooth finish. This is one that everyone needs to buy up while it is available. It will cellar very well, but it is already a WOW wine. This is the kind of wine that got me hooked on this wine maker, great job Philippe!

Did a little Coravin training for my team with one of their reps, Taylor. I have to say, Melka is almost always kickin', but 2013 was a bit monstrous for me. The 15.5% ABV wasn't well hidden, and the wine isn't going to be ready to drink for another 5-10 years once it has calmed down. This made me sad. Also, made me reluctant to try the equally high alcohol, 2014, also with a 94 Advocate critique. Boy was I wrong.. MELKA'S BACK, BABY! This was so elegant, like, stupid smooth and you wouldn't believe a minute that the alcohol was that high. The oak was perfect, the fruit, the tannin, all on point. This has to be the best CJ yet. Dark plum, blackberry cobbler, smoke, leather, tobacco, mocha, dark chocolate, pepper, and just a smoooooth finish. This is one that everyone needs to buy up while it is available. It will cellar very well, but it is already a WOW wine. This is the kind of wine that got me hooked on this wine maker, great job Philippe!

9.5

Laith A

Such an approachable cab from Melka.. smooth tannins, good fruit structure .. really good!

Such an approachable cab from Melka.. smooth tannins, good fruit structure .. really good!

9.3

Deborah M

Double decanted. Blueberries, chocolate, cinnamon, and boysenberries on the palate. Still some oak present that may get integrated with more time. Smooth tannins, along with a finish that brings a hint of baking spice. Overall an enjoyable bottle that I would love to revisit in 3-5 years.

Double decanted. Blueberries, chocolate, cinnamon, and boysenberries on the palate. Still some oak present that may get integrated with more time. Smooth tannins, along with a finish that brings a hint of baking spice. Overall an enjoyable bottle that I would love to revisit in 3-5 years.

9.0

Mike Ancuta

Been taking a break from Napa Cabs, have always enjoyed Melka’s wines. Alcohol was in balance, dark berries, chocolate, sweet tobacco. Good Napa cab.

Been taking a break from Napa Cabs, have always enjoyed Melka’s wines. Alcohol was in balance, dark berries, chocolate, sweet tobacco. Good Napa cab.

9.0

Stephen Pierron

Really enjoyed this! Outstanding wine!

Really enjoyed this! Outstanding wine!

9.5

Stephen Jackshaw

This was pleasant, not yet quite as approachable as the Amici but with some bottle age could jump. Had subtle savory notes.

This was pleasant, not yet quite as approachable as the Amici but with some bottle age could jump. Had subtle savory notes.

9.2

Ron R Delectable Pro

An interesting yet somewhat restrained Napa cab. Muted nose, precise palate, presented in a contemporary, fruit-forward style. Lacking complexity and depth, but good nonetheless.

An interesting yet somewhat restrained Napa cab. Muted nose, precise palate, presented in a contemporary, fruit-forward style. Lacking complexity and depth, but good nonetheless.

9.2

David Walser

After a week in Casa de Campo we moved to Westin Punta Cana today. Enjoyed this with lamb at the Brassa Restaurant at Westin overlooking the beach.

After a week in Casa de Campo we moved to Westin Punta Cana today. Enjoyed this with lamb at the Brassa Restaurant at Westin overlooking the beach.

9.1

Neil Valenzuela

Black color fades into a nice cherry color, aromas of dark cherry, cocoa, cigar box and orange rind. Flavors of dark fruit, spices and smooth finish. Amazing wine!

Black color fades into a nice cherry color, aromas of dark cherry, cocoa, cigar box and orange rind. Flavors of dark fruit, spices and smooth finish. Amazing wine!

9.2

Laith A

This is absolutely delicious!!

This is absolutely delicious!!

9.4

Location

  • 43380 US Hwy 19 N
    Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

  • Hours:
    9am - 9pm every day

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