2019 Mayacamas Merlot Mt. Veeder

$59.95

The wine opens with lifted aromatics of violet and cacao supported by a lovely fruit set of plum, dried blueberry, and raspberry. Savory tones of porcini mushroom, leather, and graphite broaden the mid-palate, bringing detail and nuance to the wine’s mid-weight frame. The finish is persistent with lingering notes of dark berry fruit, cedar, and black tea. The 2019 was harvested by hand in late September, cluster sorted, de-stemmed, and pressed. The Merlot was fermented in concrete (80%), and stainless steel (15%) while the Cabernet Franc, at 5% of the final blend, was fermented in open top neutral oak puncheon. After fermentation both the Merlot and Cabernet Franc were aged in neutral French oak 45HL Foudre (12 months) and 225L barrel (8 months).

Varietal:
Merlot
Winemaker:
Andy Erickson
Vintage:
2019
Appellation:
Napa Valley
Sub-Appellation:
Mt. Veeder
Total Varietal Composition %:
95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Alcohol %:
14.1%
Score Vinous:
94
SKU #:
1049429
Size:
750 ml Bottle
VN94

Vinous

The 2019 Merlot is a real powerhouse. Rich dark fruit, leather, tobacco, grilled herbs and chocolate are dialed up. This extroverted, dense Merlot is going to need at least a decade to come into its own. Today, it is almost shockingly concentrated. Readers will find a Merlot that is mostly an expression of place rather than of variety. I loved it