Mayacamas Mt. Veeder Merlot 2016
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder|
The 2016 Mayacamas Merlot is luscious yet structured. The vines benefited from a pronounced maritime influence as a result of salty evening breezes off the San Pablo Bay. The wine is well structured–poised between fine tannins and velvety fruit. 2016 was blessedly uneventful, the fifth consecutive outstanding vintage for the Napa Valley. Summer was consistently hot and dry without extreme heat and we enjoyed a gentle harvest.
Blend: 98% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc
The 2016 Merlot is a fabulous wine from Mayacamas. It is also very clearly a wine from Mt. Veeder first and foremost. A whole range of floral, savory and mineral notes give the 2016 striking layers of nuance and complexity. Sweet red fruit, white pepper, mint and dried flowers all grace this sublime, super-expressive Merlot. There is so much going on. Readers will find a wine of superb complexity, nuance and character. Best of all, the 2016 can be enjoyed with only minimal cellaring. I loved it.
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