Philippe Melka has really established himself as one of the best winemakers in the Napa Valley, and the world, and does not require any more accolades. I lost track over the years, but many great wineries (Bryant Family, Melka, Caldwell, Vineyard 29, Marston, Dalla Valle, Seavey, Lail, Dominus, Haut Brion, Cheval Blanc, Hundred Acre, etc.) seem to have had Philippe Melka as its winemaker and they have all received great press with him at the helm! This latest venture is yet another challenge and that is what Melka is all about – challenge. I would say he did well as Parker gave it 94 Points and that was conservative in my estimate!
Long Shadow 2007 Pirouette, Proprietary Red Blend
Retail 62.00 – GGWC 55.99 – FREE SHIPPING on SIX or more.
A rich, deeply colored wine bursting with complex aromas and flavors of wild berries, black cherry, currant, licorice and cedar. Firm and focused, yet elegantly styled, the 2007 Pirouette combines richness and depth with silky tannins to provide a lush mouthfeel and lingering finish. This sensational blend of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot and 2% Malbec is very impressive and well-made by this winemaker extra-ordinaire! This Bordeaux-blend will stands it own against the big boys, both import and domestic!