Melka Wines Metisse 2006

Bordeaux Red Blends from Napa Valley, California

$135.00
Item No. 115024
  • red wine
  • boutique wine
  • collectible wine
  • RP95
  • ST93
  • WS93

Winemaker's Notes

Métisse is a French word meaning "a blend of cultures". We chose this name because it embodies both the spirit of our original concept (a blend of Bordeaux varietals - cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot) and our spirit as the winemakers (a blend of French and American).

Our first Métisse vintage, in 1996, was the result of blending grape varietals and vineyard sources. A symbiotic relationship between Philippe and his clients led to an extraordinary blend of grapes from all over Napa Valley.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2006 Metisse is a somewhat softer, more up-front version of the 2005, with a dark ruby/purple color, dense, concentrated, rich fruit flavors, real style and elegance, and serious power and richness with supple tannins, low acidity, yet a graceful mouthfeel with tremendous purity and length. This is a beauty. The 2005 will be at its best over the next two decades. The 2006 should drink well when released and evolve for 15 or more years. Some other good news is that Philippe Melka is now making around 200 cases of St.-Emilion from a vineyard just below Beausejour-Becot.
93-95 "
95 Points

"Offers wonderful purity of flavor, exhibiting ripe plum, cherry and blackberry fruit shaded by light toasty oak. Elegant and concentrated, this ends with a delicate mix of fruit, oak and fine-grained tannins. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2016. 475 cases made."
93 Points

"Good deep ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry liqueur, smoke, gravel and violet. Superripe, chewy and sweet, with a Graves-like silkiness of texture to the flavors of currant, blackberry, minerals and dark chocolate. Very ripe wine, yet it retains an elegant quality. The velvety tannins arrive late, reaching the front teeth and allowing the black fruit and menthol finishing flavors to expand. As in recent years, this comes from Jim Gamble's vineyard next to Spottswoode."
93 Points

Learn About Melka Wines

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...

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Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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