1999 York Creek Spring Mountain District Meritage

SKU #1129292 Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Supple and well-balanced, with a trim band of cedar, herb, anise and currant flavors that never really quite unfold, finishing with herb, bell pepper and tobacco notes. (JL, Web Only-2002) Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

63% Cabernet (Spring House, Lake & Horseshoe), 24% Merlot and 13% Petit Verdot, all estate grown.

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Price: $44.99
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By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/31/2013 | Send Email
What are the odds of finding a perfectly aged California Cabernet blend direct from the winery for less than $25? Pretty damn good if you shop at K&L. Fritz Maytag opened up the cellars at York Creek to reveal this extraordinary 1999 Meritage bottling. For Bordeaux lovers who may have given up on CA Cabs. For CA Cab lovers looking for a food friendly wine to pair with a perfectly grilled ribeye. Decant for one hour and enjoy!

By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2013 | Send Email
At some point last year I was sitting at my desk thinking about some of the wines I’ve had from what I believe to be truly great wineries in the fine state of California. One of these great wineries that kept popping into my head was York Creek. The saddest part is that I hadn’t carried the wine for a couple of years due to lack of distribution. So I picked up the phone and made a call, long story short James Beard Award winner, beer icon, owner of York Creek Vineyards and an all around great man Fritz Maytag was at my desk a couple of weeks later showing me the lineup from his estate high upon Spring Mountain. From that meeting a fruitful business relationship developed which began with us selling almost 300 cases of the highly touted 2007 Estate Cabernet, followed by the possibly even more popular 2004 Estate Cabernet that flew out the doors during the Holidays of 2012. Well we’ve gone back to the well once again and found another true gem at a completely ridiculous price. We recently tasted every vintage, minus the 1998 which they did not make, between 1994 and 1999 of the Estate Meritage. What we found was amazing, all of the wines were wonderful in their own vintage specific way but we really loved the 1999 vintage. I feel like this vintage is really at its apex right now and is a wonderful example of an old wine with plenty of freshness and life. Sure there are some secondary notes of tobacco, sandalwood and mint in the nose and of course the tannins here are polished to a fine patina but this is insanely drinkable and full of fresh red fruits and a deep set forest driven spice that only Spring Mountain can deliver. Add that all up, plus you get a wine that is almost 15 years old, for $24.99 and this maybe the bargain of the year.

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