Mayacamas Vineyards

Mt. Veeder Merlot

9.1118 ratings
9.143 pro ratings
Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California, USA
Merlot
Beef, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, Exotic Spices, Lamb, White Rice, Baking Spices, Herbs, Pasta, Chicken, Mushrooms, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Tomato-Based, Soft Cheese, Pork, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Joe D'Angelo

The 2014 Merlot from Mayacamas is a classic expression of Napa Valley Merlot, which is all about precision and sheer class. It begins with striking aromatics of ripe dark plums and red currants woven together with fresh spring florals, graphite, crushed stones and traces of dried herbs all taking shape. On the palate this possessing a medium-bodied, with silky and refined texture leading to a tightly wound core. It thoroughly impresses as it effortlessly glides across the palate with incredible balance and finesse, leading up to the graceful finish. The 2014 is still showing a bit of restraint and needs some significant air contact before it begins to show, readers should plan on allowing this age-worthy Merlot at least a few more years to unwind before it hits its stride.

The 2014 Merlot from Mayacamas is a classic expression of Napa Valley Merlot, which is all about precision and sheer class. It begins with striking aromatics of ripe dark plums and red currants woven together with fresh spring florals, graphite, crushed stones and traces of dried herbs all taking shape. On the palate this possessing a medium-bodied, with silky and refined texture leading to a tightly wound core. It thoroughly impresses as it effortlessly glides across the palate with incredible balance and finesse, leading up to the graceful finish. The 2014 is still showing a bit of restraint and needs some significant air contact before it begins to show, readers should plan on allowing this age-worthy Merlot at least a few more years to unwind before it hits its stride.

Jul 9th, 2019
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.0

Second of the blind Napa Valley Mountain reds. Medium to deep ruby core and a bit lighter on the edges. A touch floral on the attack of the nose with forest floor, cherries, a little herbal and a touch of sweet spices in the finish. High acidity and balanced tannins (7/10). Medium bodied with lots of red berries and earthy characteristics. Very dry with acidity holding this wine together in its long finish. Drink till 2019.

Second of the blind Napa Valley Mountain reds. Medium to deep ruby core and a bit lighter on the edges. A touch floral on the attack of the nose with forest floor, cherries, a little herbal and a touch of sweet spices in the finish. High acidity and balanced tannins (7/10). Medium bodied with lots of red berries and earthy characteristics. Very dry with acidity holding this wine together in its long finish. Drink till 2019.

2 people found it helpfulOct 2nd, 2017
Steve Matthiasson

Owner/Winemaker Matthiasson Wines

9.2

Bramble berries and dried herbs, bright, a pleasure to encounter a rare serious expression of Merlot

Bramble berries and dried herbs, bright, a pleasure to encounter a rare serious expression of Merlot

2 people found it helpfulNov 11th, 2015
Joe Lucca

Briar berries, dried herbs, beautiful minerality. A pure and clean merlot.

Briar berries, dried herbs, beautiful minerality. A pure and clean merlot.

1 person found it helpfulFeb 14th, 2019
Greg Gregory

Had all that great mountain fruit but a sharp greenness that finished it off.

Had all that great mountain fruit but a sharp greenness that finished it off.

1 person found it helpfulDec 26th, 2018
Jordan Wardlaw

Damn serious Merlot. Beaming with bright briar fruit, minerality and dried herbs.

Damn serious Merlot. Beaming with bright briar fruit, minerality and dried herbs.

1 person found it helpfulSep 21st, 2018
Tobin Trevarthen

The dirty stinky nose...but the wine is lush and full. Hints of black cherry, minimal tannins. Wonderful.

The dirty stinky nose...but the wine is lush and full. Hints of black cherry, minimal tannins. Wonderful.

1 person found it helpfulJan 20th, 2018
Tobin Trevarthen

Very mellow. Yummy. Blackberry. Cherry.

Very mellow. Yummy. Blackberry. Cherry.

1 person found it helpfulSep 22nd, 2017
Jason Heller

Master Sommelier

9.1

Actually tastes like Merlot instead of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Actually tastes like Merlot instead of Cabernet Sauvignon.

1 person found it helpfulAug 8th, 2015
Weijie Shi (Jay)

Tasting at the breathtaking Mayacamas Vineyard. Very different expression of Merlot. Nose is so Beaujolais like, bright red fruits, hard candy, sweet spices and some green(stem) component. Medium body, high acidity, good structure, very dry, tannin is not soft and delicate enough but it is a solid wine overall. It will be a big surprise in blind tasting. 13.25% alc. 2014 vintage

Tasting at the breathtaking Mayacamas Vineyard. Very different expression of Merlot. Nose is so Beaujolais like, bright red fruits, hard candy, sweet spices and some green(stem) component. Medium body, high acidity, good structure, very dry, tannin is not soft and delicate enough but it is a solid wine overall. It will be a big surprise in blind tasting. 13.25% alc. 2014 vintage

Jun 15th, 2017