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Melka CJ Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 United States  California  Napa Valley Red Wine 27738 19624 750ml
Product ID: 27738
Region: United States, California, Napa Valley
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Type: Red Wine
Vintage: 2013
Size: 750ml
ABV%: 15.5
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"This vintage produced some amazing wines in the Napa Valley and our CJ is no exception. With an extremely seductive nose boasting black fruit and black currants in its aroma profile this lush and layered wine demonstrates well-ripened fruit along with well integrated acidity. Chocolate and gravelly with tons of finesse, the powerful tannins are present but round and voluptuous. This CJ has all the components of a great wine: approachability, depth and the ability to age." —winemaker

Wine Anthology review:
The CJ Cabernet got its name from the first initials of Philippe and Cherie Melka's children, Chloe and Jeremy, who inspired this concentrated blend of Cab with small additions of Cab Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. This is a quintessential 2013, showing off the inimitable ripeness and density of one of Napa's best vintages in recent memory. On the nose, you get pure tones of blackcurrant and blackberry with graphite and licorice notes, soaring into multi-layered fruit and spice flavors that offer terrific intensity. A surefire cellar selection, this CJ is going to offer drinking pleasure for a dozen or more years to come.
"The 2013 CJ is a 80% Cabernet Sauvignon with the balance Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot blend aged 18 months in about one-fifth new French oak. This is one of my favorite wines in his portfolio, and the good news is that there are 1,800 cases. It has an absolutely spectacular nose of white chocolate, grilled meats, blackcurrants and licorice. The wine is full-bodied, has an opaque purple color, beautiful texture, density and overall richness and length. This wine is showing secondary nuances already, and should continue to evolve gracefully for 15 or more years." —Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

"The 2013 CJ is Philippe and Cherie Melka's entry-level wine. Plump, juicy and expressive, the CJ delivers tons of intensity and depth in a forward, open-knit style to drink now and over the next few years. Mocha, blackberry jam, cloves and new leather meld into the voluptuous finish. Drinking window: 2015 - 2023." —Antonio Galloni, Vinous

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