Melka Mekerra 2013 / 750 ml.

Item#: 45362

VN9494 pts. - Vinous - Oct 2015
The 2013 Mekerra, a Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend, is powerful, dense and concentrated, with a real sense of power and overtness. Black cherry, plum, mocha and graphite are some of the notes that flesh out as the wine shows off its ample, plush personality. This inviting red should offer tremendous pleasure over the next decade or so.
RP9494 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Oct 2015
The red wine from Knights Valley, the 2013 Proprietary Red Mekerra, is a blend of 53% Cabernet Franc and 47% Merlot, and is my top wine along with the CJ. This is an estate wine from the Melkas’ 10-acre vineyard planted in Knights Valley. Beautiful, chocolaty floral notes with blackcurrants, graphite and earth are all present in this medium to full-bodied, stunningly pure and multilayered wine — 425 cases aged in 60% new French oak for 20 months and bottled unfiltered. This beauty should drink well for at least 20 years.

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Primary Grape: Cabernet Franc | All Grapes: 53% Cabernet Franc, 47% Merlot

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VN94 94 pts. / Vinous (Oct 2015)

The 2013 Mekerra, a Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend, is powerful, dense and concentrated, with a real sense of power and overtness. Black cherry, plum, mocha and graphite are some of the notes that flesh out as the wine shows off its ample, plush personality. This inviting red should offer tremendous pleasure over the next decade or so.

RP94 94 pts. / Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (29th Oct 2015)

The red wine from Knights Valley, the 2013 Proprietary Red Mekerra, is a blend of 53% Cabernet Franc and 47% Merlot, and is my top wine along with the CJ. This is an estate wine from the Melkas’ 10-acre vineyard planted in Knights Valley. Beautiful, chocolaty floral notes with blackcurrants, graphite and earth are all present in this medium to full-bodied, stunningly pure and multilayered wine — 425 cases aged in 60% new French oak for 20 months and bottled unfiltered. This beauty should drink well for at least 20 years.

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Region / California

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When it comes to US wine production, California is King. California wines account for almost 90% of all wines produced in the United States each year, and is home to the most celebrated vineyards and producers in the country. California is probably best known for its world-famous Cabernets and Chardonnays, many of which hail from its two most-acclaimed AVAs, Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Other prominent grapes used in California wines include Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, and Zinfandel (which California made popular).

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The United States now ranks fourth in the world in wine production behind, France, Italy, and Spain. While about 90% of that wine is produced in California, other states like Oregon, New York, and Washington are establishing themselves as prime spots for wine production, as well. Just about any variety of wine can be found in production somewhere in the United States.

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SKU 45362
Product Type Wine
Alternate Name Melka Mekerra
Country United States
Region California
District Sonoma County
Product Location - Location-Appellation Knights Valley
Package Size 750 ml.
Proof/Alcohol by Volume 15.5%
Brand Melka
Bottles per Case 12
Vintage 2013
Bin Location 0
Can it be Shipped Yes
Premier Pick No
Wine Type Table Wine
Wine - Color Red
Grape(s) 53% Cabernet Franc, 47% Merlot
Primary Grape Cabernet Franc
Dollar Sale (Y/N) No
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RP9999 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 29th Oct 2015
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United States | California | Sonoma County

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Primary Grape: Cabernet Franc

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