Auction 28 | Lot No. 152
Grieve Family Winery
5 cases produced
- 100% estate Sauvignon Blanc crafted by winemakers Philippe Melka and Maayan Koschitzky
- Vineyard blocks were individually whole-cluster pressed and aging in 40% new French oak
- Organic vine-by-vine farming, gentle whole-cluster press maximizes the estate’s distinct fruit
- Mixed-vessel fermenting and aging in French oak, concrete egg and steel tank
This 2022 estate Sauvignon Blanc barrel lot is the pinnacle offering of our family’s estate vineyard, located in the rolling hills of Napa Valley’s remote and uniquely cool Lovall Valley. Here, we organically farm three distinctly expressive Sauvignon Blanc clones that thrive in the stingy soils and fog-blanketed mornings that define our estate’s distinct terroir. In the deft hands of acclaimed winemakers Philippe Melka and Maayan Koschitzky, our estate fruit realizes its full potential through extended cold-barrel fermentation and sur lie aging in French oak. In particular, our 2022 estate Sauvignon Blanc is the product of a drought year that gave us a lighter crop and smaller berries, resulting in an amazingly expressive wine with exotic tropical and bright citrus notes, excellent acidity, mouth-filling richness and impressive length.
- Single vineyard wine
- Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
- Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
Winemaker, Grieve Family Winery
Bordeaux native Philippe Melka is a self-described soil nerd, who has always been intrigued by the intricacies of the land. He originally pursued a degree in Geology at the University of Bordeaux, however a winemaking class during his ?nal year proved pivotal. It set him on a new course that would see him become one of the world’s most coveted winemakers, honing his artistry at prestigious estates including Château Haut Brion, Petrus, Dominus, Silver Oak and his own Melka Wines.
Winery owners David and Kathleen Grieve had long admired Philippe’s wines and his site-driven approach to winemaking. When it came time to hire a winemaker, they reached out to Philippe through mutual friend Tuck Beckstoffer. For his part, Philippe was excited by the vineyard’s terroir and the opportunity to work with Lovall Valley fruit. In 2018, he took over as head winemaker for Grieve Family Winery, where he marries old world traditions with new world advancements to produce the winery’s limited production portfolio of profoundly expressive Grieve Family Estate and Double Eagle wines.
Country born: France
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
Winemaker, Grieve Family Winery
Maayan has amassed an impressive winemaking resume spanning from the vineyards of Israel to Screaming Eagle and Dalla Valle here in the Napa Valley, working alongside some of the top winemakers and among the most coveted terroirs in the world. In 2014 Maayan Joined the Philippe Melka team and serves as the Director of Winemaking.
Country born: Israel
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years
Grieve Family Winery is distributed in the following markets. Please contact the winery directly for the most up-to-date distribution information and to explore commercial opportunities.
Grieve Family Winery Contact: Sarah Scerbo
- Arizona ( SGWS )
- California ( SGWS )
- Florida ( SGWS )
- Maryland ( International Cellars )
- New York ( SGWS )
- North Carolina ( Grapevine )
- South Carolina ( Grapevine )
- Texas ( SGWS )
- Virginia ( International Cellars )
- United Kingdom ( Vineyard Cellars )