Winery Tasting Notes: Round and fruit forward, this vintage exhibits aromas of rasberries and cedar, a robust palate balancing dark fruit with a dash of black tea, and a bright finish.
Blend: 100% Barbera
Alcohol Level: 14.5%
Winemaker: Philippe Melka
Production: 444 cases
Maturity: Drink now – 2024
Accolades: 92 Points – Wine Enthusiast
Pairings: pizza, roast beef, cheddar cheese
Fun Facts: 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 Château 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 set out traveling, dividing time between soil study and winemaking at world renowned wineries Badia O Coltibuono in Chianti and Chittering Estate in Australia. He returned to France in 1993 to deepen his expertise at Chateau Petrus. 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.
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