We managed to secure an allocation of Melka’s own wine from Knights Valley, a right-bank styled blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc that Parker called “a sexy, open-knit, expansive and savory style of wine, with loads of Christmas fruitcake, licorice, black cherry and blackcurrant jam, a touch of asphalt, and a long, full-bodied, voluptuously textured finish.” Irresistible.
Chocolate, leafy herbs, graphite, and mineral notes all emerge from the 2014 La Mekerra Vineyard, a gorgeously textured, concentrated, opulent wine. Based on Cabernet Franc 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 this talented winemaker and should keep for 20-25 years.
The 2014 Mekerra, Melka's Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend, is wonderfully expressive. The Franc aromatics are especially nuanced and present today. Mocha, espresso, red plums, red cherry jam and smoke flesh out in a voluptuous, racy wine endowed with tons of potential. There is a lot to look forward to here. The ample, resonant finish is super-inviting, even at this early stage.
The 2014 Mekarra Proprietary Red is a Cheval Blanc-like blend of 52% Merlot and 48% Cabernet Franc from his vineyard in Knights Valley. It is a sexy, open-knit, expansive and savory style of wine, with loads of Christmas fruitcake, licorice, black cherry and blackcurrant jam, a touch of asphalt, and a long, full-bodied, voluptuously textured finish. It is very much in keeping with the easygoing but alluring and sexy style of the 2014s in Northern California. Drink it over the next 15 or more years.