Metzker Family Estates

The Helix
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Spring Mountain District

2019 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 23 | Lot No. 66


Metzker Family Estates

The Helix

Cabernet Sauvignon
Spring Mountain District

5 cases produced


  • The Helix is the inaugural Premiere Napa Valley wine by Metzker Family Estates
  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Grapes grown on Clone 337 grafted on Martha’s Vineyard budwood in the Spring Mountain District nested appellation at 1,200 feet
  • Your wine is aging 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels from the Treuil and Vicard cooperages

"The Helix" represents our core values. Just as our founder, Mike Metzker, studies the intricacies of the human genome in his work with genetics, this Cabernet Sauvignon stems back to a single vineyard, single variety and single vintage to create something that as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Winemaker Melissa Castro has a passion and talent for crafting Cabernet Sauvignon that reflects a sense of place and Metzker Family Estates represents family values, an intense focus on quality and the pride to make something that will last through generations. The small team of father and son team Mike and Cameron Metzger, along with Melissa, offers you a handcrafted wine with intention, quality and a true sense of place.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine

Melissa Castro

Winemaker, Metzker Family Estates

Winemaker, Melissa Castro

Bay Area native, Melissa Castro has fond childhood memories of touring Napa and Sonoma wineries with her family and finding magic in the smell of wine in barrel. She attended the University of California at Davis, initially for pre-medicine, until her junior year spent abroad studying in Siena, Italy. While sharing long dinners with new friends, she observed how wine brought strangers together- connecting by telling stories and sharing life’s pleasures. She turned her life and studies to viticulture and enology quickly upon her return to Davis.
Melissa interned at Torbreck Vintners in the Barossa Valley then was awarded the Antinori Scholarship from UC Davis to work at the Tignanello Estate in Chianti Classico- Antinori’s most prestigious winery. Shortly thereafter, she became the first Enologist at Antica Napa Valley – the Antinori Family’s estate in the Atlas Peak AVA of Napa. She was promoted to Associate Winemaker in 2014 and Winemaker in 2015 working closely with Antinori Chief Enologist Renzo Cotarella to produce the estate wines.
The opportunity to work with new premium vineyards as well as the excitement of building a brand from the ground up was an experience she couldn’t pass up and Melissa joined the Metzker Family Estates team in December of 2016. In addition to winemaking, she plays a fundamental role managing sales, marketing and brand development alongside Cameron Metzker. named Melissa one of ‘Napa’s 7 Most Exciting Winemakers’ in 2016. She resides in the city of Napa with her husband Sergio and their dog Murphy.

Country born: United States

Education: Degree in Viticulture and Enology UC Davis
SSU Wine Business Institute Wine Business Management Certificate

Internship at Torbreck Vintners
Internship at Tenuta Tignanello, Antinori

Years in the wine industry: 6 years

Honors / Awards:
Named one of Napa's 7 most Exciting Winemakers in 2016 by


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