1999 Mayacamas Napa Merlot

SKU #1048795

A recent library release from Mayacamas Vineyards, the 1999 Merlot actually has a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (9%), which adds some umph to its already powerful mountain Merlot frame. Scents of smoky briar fruit and earth fill out on the palate, complemented by cherry flavors and spice. With a decade of age, the tannins are softening to reveal a sultry core. A great buy.

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By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/19/2009  | Send Email
The most interesting Merlot I've had....maybe ever? The age really makes for a rustic, tangy, earthy nose with more earth and tangy fruit on the palate. This wine is peaking right now and is a great bottle for a California red fan who thinks he's tasted everything.

By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/18/2009  | Send Email
Merlot? Yes- and what a wine it is. Mayacamas is the Napa exception, high up a dirt road on Spring Mountain, wine is their passion and livelihood. I always recommend visiting to folks from out of town, as it is one of the last places in Napa that does not look like Disneyland. Here you will find mismatched old barrels, and plywood on top of concrete fermenters, all tools working making some of the most soulful, long lived wines in California. This Merlot was released at 10 years old, and justifies its premium price with wonderful developed plum and cedar on the nose, preserves on the palate and a great full, authentic texture. This is the ultimate grilled skirt steak wine, and a must for any real fan of authentic California wine!
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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/15/2009  | Send Email
Pretend it doesn't say "Merlot" on the label. The 1999 Mayacamas smells and tastes like an elegant right-bank Bordeaux with the perfect amount of bottle age. Earth and minerality up-front, with token secondary aromas of soil and dried black fruits. Full-bodied, with fine tannins that have integrated and softened in time; drying tannins on the finish that is quite long. If you are a collector of vintage California wine, or love the style of aged Bordeaux but want something ready-to-drink at $50, this bottle promises to satisfy. Drink now.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.