Mayacamas Merlot 2014 (Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California) - [VM 92+]

Mayacamas Merlot 2014
(Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California) - [VM 92+]

Regular price $85.00 Sale price $59.97 Save $25.03

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Notes from the Winemaker:
2014 Mayacamas Merlot was sourced entirely from dry-farmed vineyard sites high on Mount Veeder. Mount Veeder is a one-of-a-kind appellation with a cooler mountain climate and some of the lowest yields in Napa Valley. Soils range from poor volcanic deposits to ancient seabeds; the grapes produced here retain high acidity and a clean, mineral character. The grapes used in our 2014 Merlot were sourced from blocks with an average vine age of 30 years, located at approximately 2000 feet in elevation.

Tasting Notes:
Mayacamas Merlot remains one of the purest expressions of the varietal produced in America today—always made with restraint to express the more serious side of the grape. The 2014 vintage, proudly made by our team, represents our re-commitment to producing a meaningful quantity of this important varietal at Mayacamas. In the glass, the nose explodes with red raspberry, star anise, black plum skin, black cardamom, and clove. The texture of the wine on the palate is notably fine—fresh, bright acidity and gravelly minerality lead to a juicy, mouthwatering finish and complex flavors of pomegranate, black fig, tobacco, and bing cherry. After a careful fermentation and maceration in neutral wood and cement, the 2014 Merlot was aged for 22 months in neutral oak, primarily large format foudres.

Ratings & Reviews

92+ Points - Antonio Galloni:
"The 2014 Merlot is bright, punchy and vibrant in the glass. The purity of the flavors is striking, but the wine needs quite a bit of time to come together. That won't be an issue, as the wine probably won't be released until spring 2018. Picking on the early side, along with mountain tannins contribute to the wine's overall feel. The 2014 is going to be a fascinating wine to follow and could turn out to be one of the surprises of the vintage." (Dec 2016)