Quixote Winery

La Mancha
2017 Petite Sirah
Stags Leap District

2019 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 23 | Lot No. 184
Vintage

2017

Quixote Winery

La Mancha

Petite Sirah
Stags Leap District

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Our La Mancha blocks are the best proven vines within our estate vineyard in the Stags Leap District nested appellation
  • Petite Sirah lots selected from La Mancha and primarily from Estate Block 12
  • Wine crafted by winemaker Philippe Melka; grapes grown by Mike Wolf
  • Aging in 50% new French oak for 20-plus months

We informally refer to the absolute best vines within our estate vineyard as La Mancha, the Spanish home of Don Quixote. We enjoy the irony that this geographic, desert-like region of Spain is often referred to as unremarkable, yet we find the resulting wines from our La Mancha blocks to be nothing short of gorgeous. It's a hat-tip to the namesake of our winery and vineyard. Our 2017 Petite Sirah, "La Mancha," is a very small-batch blend of the very best wine lots, from our very best La Mancha Petite Sirah vines grown in our 27-acre estate vineyard, at the base of the majestic cliffs of Stags Leap District nested appellation.


Wine Facts

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

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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Stags' Leap Winery 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Audentia 23
Tamber Bey 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 23
Far Niente 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 21
PureCru Napa Valley 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Clones, Clones, Clones 21
Stags' Leap Winery 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 21
William Hill Estate Winery 2015 Red Wine Napa Valley 21
Beaulieu Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Georges de Latour Private Reserve 16
Bressler Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 16
Black Stallion Estate Winery 2009 Red Wine Napa Valley Heart & Soul 15
Broman Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley You’ll Think It’s Howell Mountain 15
Newton Vineyard 2009 Red Wine Spring Mountain District Piece of the Puzzle 15
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley The Alchemist II 15
Trinchero Napa Valley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Mountain to Mountain Cuvee 15
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