Gandona Estate

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2020 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 24 | Lot No. 188
Vintage

2018

Gandona Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • 100% Clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon from our Pritchard Hill estate
  • Fermented in concrete tanks and on the skins for 27 days
  • Aging in 80% new French oak
  • 100% native-yeast fermentation

From the highest and steepest terraces on the estate, the 2018 Gandona Premiere Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon shows great purity of fruit and place. Block H is the heart of Gandona, consistently expressing a tremendous depth and complexity that forms the core of our wines. 2018 was a classic year on our estate, ideal for both grape-growing and winemaking. This wine is texturally elegant with fine, earthy tannin yet exudes a freshness and energy with notes of black currant fruit and wild blueberry.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • 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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