(in my best ring announcer voice:) It’s an honor and privilege to introduce to you, the soil whisperer, the blender of brilliance, the titan of terroir… it’s Philippe Melka and his 2014 Mekerra Proprietary Blend!
Our Field Reporters love discovering up and coming wineries and winemakers, especially when we’re ahead of the crowd (see Sapere Aude – and if you haven’t yet, you might want to get involved). But of course, finding a highly sought after allocation from one of the wine world’s best known superstars is also pretty darn awesome!
Awesome as in we just got our hands on six (6) cases of Philippe Melka’s 2014 Mekerra Proprietary Blend ~ ready to drink now (but built for age) and they’re already on their way to Hong Kong.
There is much ballyhoo about the current vintage – 2018 – in California as having potential to be the “best of the century.” Time will tell. But the 2014 is already proving itself as a stand-out in a string of above average vintages. Warm weather lengthened the growing season but continuing drought conditions stressed the vines producing amazingly dense and complex and flavorful fruit. 2018 has a high bar to cross.
Just 350 cases of this unbelievably beautiful wine was produced. The Mekerra is made from 51% Cabernet Franc and 49% Merlot sourced entirely from Knights valley in northern Sonoma.
A perfumed nose full of smoke, tar, raspberries and herbs leads into a silky sweet entry that has a smooth creaminess with great energy and brightness. An extremely inviting wine that leans more towards having a merlot-like influence despite the Cabernet franc in slightly higher proportion. The finish boasts sublime tannins and pure finesse.” – Philippe & Cherie Melka
#SorryNotSorry, but we have to limit this offer to only six (6) bottles per person. Don’t miss out on this very unique offer. First in, best dressed.
HK$1,375 per bottle (Buy Now)
-shipping always included-
*limit of 6 bottles per person*
Jeb Dunnuck on the 2014 Mekerra Proprietary Blend, (97 pts.) Chocolate, leafy herbs, graphite, and mineral notes all emerge from the 2014, a gorgeously textured, concentrated, opulent wine. Based on Cab Fran and Merlot, aged 21 months in 60% new oak, it has building tannin, a layered, stacked mid-palate, and a great finish. It’s a killer wine from the talented winemaker and should keep for 20-25 years.
More about the Mekerra Proprietary Blend:
The distinctive name was chosen as an homage to Philippe’s father as Mekerra is the name of a river that flows close to his hometown. This is also why the color blue was selected for the eyes on the label as well as the foil. The 25 acre parcel was purchased in 2001 as it was ideal for planting vineyards that could produce wines that would be truly terroir driven. The volcanic ash and clay found in the soils and the extremely high elevation at 2500 feet, is why the three wines made from this single vineyard in Knights Valley are unique.
Some more on Melka:
More about the Philippe Melka:
A native of Bordeaux, Melka grew up intrigued by the intricacies of the land around him, and like the celebrated wines on which he’s built his reputation, Philippe Melka’s career has been influenced by soil. Melka has received several 100-point scores from The Wine Advocate and been named by Robert Parker as one of the top nine wine makers in the world.
Melka has the rare combination of talent and fortune to be a winemaker who started at the top: his first job out of school was at Chateau Haut Brion. From there, he took a position with the reputable Moueix Company and was sent to Dominus Estate in Yountville to study soils in 1991. Napa Valley soil proved to be a revelation for Melka. He returned to France in 1993 to deepen his expertise at Chateau Petrus.
He has been fortunate to have been trained and influenced by some of the most notable personalities in the wine business such as Jean Delmas and Jean Philippe Masclef from Haut-Brion, Christian Moueix and Jean Claude Berrouet from Petrus, Paul Draper from Ridge, Daniel Baron from Silver Oak and the globetrotting wine consultant Michel Rolland with whom he continues to work with on consulting projects.
In 1994, he returned to Napa full time, and for the past 20 years, Melka has served as winemaking consultant for some of Napa’s most highly regarded properties under his company Atelier Melka founded in 1995. As co-proprietor of Melka Estates, Philippe and Cherie produce four distinct labels that reflect their philosophy of soil driven wines: Metisse from Napa Valley, Mekerra from Sonoma Valley, Majestique from around the world and CJ, also from Napa Valley.