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Philippe Melka Metisse Red Blend 2003

Member Review by 97mjr:

[steak] Double-splash decanted, drank over 3 hours; continued to improve. On the nose cassis, cherries, carmel, and mint. Opened with harsh tannins which remained firm but subsided over time. The palate was dominated by candied cherry liquor and a touch of oak. More extracted/Cali style than I expected, but certainly not more than I like. Previously had the '01(?) CJ which I found to be green and austere. Long lingering finish. Needs 3-5 more years then will last for many more.

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Region: USA » California » Napa

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  • 2003

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Winery: Philippe Melka
Color: Red
Variety: Bordeaux Blend
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Snooth User: 97mjr
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4.50 5
03/04/2009

[steak] Double-splash decanted, drank over 3 hours; continued to improve. On the nose cassis, cherries, carmel, and mint. Opened with harsh tannins which remained firm but subsided over time. The palate was dominated by candied cherry liquor and a touch of oak. More extracted/Cali style than I expected, but certainly not more than I like. Previously had the '01(?) CJ which I found to be green and austere. Long lingering finish. Needs 3-5 more years then will last for many more.


Snooth User: sleepy
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4.00 5
01/25/2008

Excellent CA Cab from a "wine consultant" responsible for many of the insanely priced CA Cult Cabs. See http://www.melkawines.com/assets/upload/files/Los_Angeles_Times_Napa_s_go_to_virtuoso.pdf for an interesting read on how he meticulously runs a vineyard sometimes using different farming techniques for every acre of vines. This makes you appreciate all that goes into producing a top flight wine and begin to understand why they are more expensive outside of sheer demand.



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