This is the inaugural Premiere Napa Valley auction
lot for Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate
The wine was masterfully created by Philippe Melka
and blended to represent the best of the estate’s
This unique wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon,
aged for 20 months in a new Taransaud barrel
Impeccably balanced with extraordinary intensity
and beautiful clarity with supple, sweet tannins
This rare expression of Napa Valley winemaking is one of only 60 bottles that will ever be made. Think of it as a bit of Napa Valley history in your cellar and celebrated in a glass with friends and family.
This was the inaugural wine produced by Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate for Premiere Napa Valley. The wine was masterfully created by Philippe Melka and blended to represent the best of the estate’s 2014 wines. This unique wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged for 20 months in a new Taransaud barrel. It is impeccably balanced with extraordinary intensity and beautiful clarity with supple, sweet tannins.
Wine is unfiltered
Philippe Melka spent much of his youth in Bordeaux and went on to attend the University of Bordeaux where he earned a geology degree. On a whim, he took a wine course in his final year of study; a decision that became a pivotal move in his life. He joined Chateau Haut-Brion and developed a passion for Cabernet-based blends and Sauvignon Blanc. While there, he completed a master's program in Agronomy and Enology under the direction of Professor Sequin, the renowned terroir specialist. Yearning to know more, Philippe traveled the world's best regions to study soil and make wine in Napa Valley at Dominus Estate, Western Australias Chittering Estate, Badia O Coltibuono in Chianti and in Bordeaux at Chateau Petrus. This experience enabled him to hone his craft and study under such luminaries as Jean Delmas from Haut-Brion, Christian Moueix and Jean Claude Berrouet from Petrus, and Paul Draper from Ridge. Now, as one of the world's top nine wine consultants (named by Robert Parker), Philippe continues his devotion to winemaking as co-proprietor of Melka Wines with wife Cherie and as consulting winemaker to some of wine's most acclaimed estates in Napa Valley.
Country born: France
Education: University of Bordeaux, Geology
Masters in Agronomy and Enology
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
Honors / Awards:
Cliffewood Wine Syndicate
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