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.
"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.
The Wine Advocate
"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."
"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."
International Wine Cellar