Quixote Winery

2019 Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

2021 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 25 | Lot No. 98


Quixote Winery

Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District

5 cases produced


  • 100% estate-produced Cabernet Sauvignon from the hillside sections of the Quixote Vineyard
  • Concrete fermented with a total maceration time of 36 days on the skins
  • Aging in 100% new French oak for 20 months
  • Fermented with indigenous yeast

For the first time, Quixote Winery, known primarily for Petite Sirah, offers a Cabernet Sauvignon as your Premiere Napa Valley wine. Situated on the northern end of the Stags Leap District, this Cabernet Sauvignon benefits from the cool, late-afternoon breezes that pass through the District all summer. Coupled with rich, volcanic soils, the estate produces Cabernet Sauvignons that are complex and powerful yet retain a softness that is unique to the appellation.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Robert  Smith

Winemaker, Quixote Winery

Winemaker, Robert  Smith

Robert is the perfect choice for the role of Quixote winemaker. Everything at Quixote is distinctive and created in pursuit of the highest quality and the same could be said for Robert.

Growing up in Modesto, Robert constantly set himself apart from expectations. His first job as a research intern at Gallo peaked his interest in fermentation, inspiring him to begin brewing craft IPAs and consider a career as a brew master. Luckily, it wasn't long before the wine bug bit him and he jumped in with both feet.

After securing his baccalaureate in Enology from Fresno State University, Robert embarked on his journey. His first harvest internship at Quintessa set the foundation for a lifelong personal and professional relationship with consulting winemaker, Aaron Pott. Following Quintessa, Robert continued to hone his skills with positions at Seven Stones, Krupp Brothers and Covert Estate as well as a harvest stint in South Africa. In 2011 Robert accepted the position as winemaker for Quixote, reuniting him with Aaron Pott. Adding to the list of impressive mentors including Aaron Pott and Julien Fayard, Robert now works in tandem with Philippe Melka.

It's his ability to create complex and elegantly refined Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and of course, the signature varietal at Quixote, Petite Sirah that truly illustrates his undeniable talent. Robert constantly strives to produce age worthy, well-balanced wines with immediate softness and approachability.

Country born: United States

Education: California State University, Fresno - Bachelors in Enology

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Be kind, rewind.

Philippe  Melka

Winemaker, Quixote Winery

Winemaker, Philippe  Melka

Like the celebrated wines on which he’s built his reputation, Philippe Melka’s career has been influenced by soil.

A native of Bordeaux, Melka grew up intrigued by the intricacies of the land around him. When it came time for college, he acted on his childhood interests, earning a degree in Geology at the University of Bordeaux. A class in winemaking in his final year was a turning point, propelling him to earn a Master’s degree in Agronomy and Enology.

Melka has the rare combination of talent and fortune to be a winemaker who started at the top: his first job out of school was at Château Haut Brion. From there, he took a position with the reputable Moueix Company and was sent to Dominus Estate in Yountville to study soils in 1991. Napa Valley soil proved to be a revelation for Melka. He set out traveling, dividing time between soil study and winemaking at world renowned wineries Badio O Coltibuono in Chianti and Chittering Estate in Australia. He returned to France in 1993 to deepen his expertise at Chateau Petrus.

He has been fortunate to have been trained and influenced by some of the most notable personalities in the wine business such as Jean Delmas and Jean Philippe Masclef from Haut-Brion, Christian Moueix and Jean Claude Berrouet from Petrus, Paul Draper from Ridge, Daniel Baron from Silver Oak and the globetrotting wine consultant Michel Rolland with whom he continues to work with on consulting projects..

In 1994, he returned to Napa full time, and for the past 20 years, Melka has served as winemaking consultant for some of Napa’s most highly regarded properties under his company Atelier Melka founded in 1995. As co-proprietor of Melka Estates, Philippe and Cherie produce four distinct labels that reflect their philosophy of soil driven wines: Metisse from Napa Valley, Mekerra from Sonoma Valley, Majestique from around the world and CJ, also from Napa Valley.

Country born: France

Education: Geology at the University of Bordeaux
Master’s degree in Agronomy and Enology.

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

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