Gandona Estate

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2017 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 21 | Lot No. 143
Vintage

2015

Gandona Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • A single barrel production, selected and crafted by our esteemed winemaker, Philippe Melka
  • Sourced from our estate carved into the steep volcanic soils of Napa Valley's famous Pritchard Hill
  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from our oldest vines
  • Aged in 90% new French Taransaud barrels for 22 months

High on the sheer, volcanic soils of the famous Pritchard Hill, proprietor Manuel Pries and renowned winemaker Philippe Melka have worked together to develop Gandona - a world class estate, producing wines of truly exceptional quality that reflect the unique character of this special site. This wine, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented entirely in concrete tanks, is selected from a single barrel produced by the estates' best block, which towers over the rest on its steep terraces carved into the fractured volcanic rock. Philippe and Manuel have managed to capture the complexities of a hillside wine, while maintaining the lush and generous fruit generally associated with the valley floor. This a rare opportunity to try a one-of-a-kind wine that truly embodies the estate of Gandona.


Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Philippe Melka

Winemaker, Gandona Estate

Winemaker, Philippe Melka

Philippe spent much of his youth in Bordeaux, France, earning a geology degree from the University of Bordeaux. On a whim, he took a wine course in his final year of study - a decision that changed his life.

His journey started at Chateau Haut Brion (where the passion for Cabernet-based blends and Sauvignon Blanc began) where he completed a Masters program in Agronomy and Enology under the direction of Professor Sequin, the renowned terroir specialist. Philippe was fascinated by the relationship between soil and wine quality, a fascination which continues today.

Yearning to know more, he set out for Napa Valley (Dominus Estate), Western Australia (Chittering Estate), Chianti in Italy (Badia O Coltibuono) and Bordeaux (Chateau Petrus) where he divided his time between soil study and winemaking. He has devoted the past 15 years to winemaking in Napa and Sonoma Valleys - both as a consultant to the most highly regarded estate wineries, and as co-proprietor of Melka Wines with wife, Cherie.

Country born: France

Education: Geology Degree from the University of Bordeaux, France

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
I believe a wine should tell the story of the soil and represent what the land has to offer. Understanding the vineyard and its potential is a continually evolving process. With each year, I become more inspired by the ability of the land of Gandona.

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