2011 Tusk Estate Winery | Cabernet Sauvignon | Napa Valley

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  • In a Bordeaux year, the 2011 Tusk displays the major components of California Style. Throughout the growing season, the sun was able to develop layers of complexity in a the fruit resulting in great concentration of flavor and rich ripeness. The 2011 portrays the feminine side of the wine with a wonderful sweetness and ripeness from the fruit, along with great acidity which will aid in the aging process. Following a sweet entry are layers of spices, concentrated red fruit, ripe, prowerful tannins, as well as some leathery notes. There is a great delineation with the perception of the wine revealing an unctuous quality on the palate and beautiful texture. Important: Tusk should be decanted and enjoyed at 60F-65F 

    • Maturity: 35-50 years
    • Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Production: 150 cases
    • Vineyards: 7 different vineyard sources from 5 Napa Valley appellations. Oakville and Prichard Hill are the primary sources.
    • Bottling: December 2013 / Release: March 2015
    • Vintage: 2012
    • Aging: 27 Months in New French Oak Barrels from 5 different Coopers
  • Philippe Melka spent much of his youth in Bordeaux, France, eventually earning his 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 his passion for cabernet-based blends and sauvignon blanc began. 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. The great diversity of terroirs and its potential for extraordinary wines brought Philippe back to the Napa Valley. Philippe has since devoted the past 15 years to winemaking here in Napa Valley – both as a consultant to the most highly regarded estate wineries, and as co-proprietor of Melka Wines with his wife, Cherie. They've also found time to raise a beautiful family together. Philippe feels fortunate to have been trained and influenced by some of the most notable personalities in the wine business: 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 Michel Rolland from Château Le Bon Pasteur. His recent naming as one of the top nine wine consultants in the world by Robert Parker has been truly humbling, and a terrific honor. But Philippe's pursuit of excellence in this field he is so passionate about has only just begun.
  • Your Tusk experience begins from the moment you receive your gift box of Tusk Wine. The very weight and construction of the packaging denotes pride at the treasure you hold in your hands. Nestled within, you'll find three bottles of wine carefully packaged in exquisite detail with an original design that is custom made to reflect your own personal passion for luxury. The entire package is wrapped in luxurious linen textured paper and subtly silk screened with our Tusk logo. As an added statement, each individual box holding a bottle of Tusk wine has been impressed with the Tusk logo, a symbol drawn by one of the most renowned illustrators in the world. Once you remove the cover you will find three individually linen-wrapped boxes that are cradled with a protective layer of velvet-covered foam. Each of these boxes holds a unique and sealed pullout drawer that shelters a tissue-wrapped bottle of Tusk wine. The Tusk wine label was produced using a traditional printing method created by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century called Letterpress printing. This hand-crafted, Old World printing technique symbolizes the care and reverence we take in all aspects of Tusk wine.

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