Grapelive Weekend Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2007 Melka Metisse Cabernet Sauvignon “Jumping Goat Vineyard” Napa Valley.
This wine is the Melka Metisse Classic and is the flagship wine of the family of Metisse label, and you’ll see why after the first sniff, as this wine has an amazing deep and exotic perfume that seduces you almost instantly! There is about 375 Cases of the 2007 available, though most of it will go to the mailing list, still, this is a wine that somehow seems to be more easy to find, for that we enthusiasts are very lucky, so be sure to grab some when you see it, as it might be the best vintage yet! The nose is just the start, and the palate is just as good with layers of near perfect fruit and smooth tannins, making for a sublime and balanced wine, in other words, it is almost as good as it gets for Napa Cabernet. The mouth flows with blackberry, cherry, currant, plum and crème de cassis in thick layers with mineral, graphite, coca powder and lots of creamy vanilla and hints of smoke. This Cabernet is all ready drinking fantastic, though I’m dead sure it will fill out further and develop a deeper core and added complexity with some time in the cellar. I am torn, because I love the perfume now, though I am very interested to see what will come later… ($125 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive
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