94 Robert Parker
The 2014 CJ is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot. It was aged 18 months in one-third new French oak. This is a beauty, coming from various Napa AVAs. Melka is fanatical about getting high but soft, silky tannins in his wines, and this wine certainly showcases that talent. Deep opaque ruby/purple in color, with notes of mulberry, licorice, a touch of lead pencil shavings, spice box, black cherries and cassis, the wine is rich, opulent, medium to full-bodied, and ideal for drinking over the next 15 or more years.