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2016 Mayacamas Mount Veeder Merlot

SKU #1507857 95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark 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. (AG) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a luscious, soft-textured red with redcurrant and redwood aromas and flavors. Full-bodied, but not overpowering. It’s focused and polished with a long, flavorful finish. Lots of fruit at the end, but reserved and tight. Honest and real. Better in a year or two, but delicious now. Inner quote mark (3/2020)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark From the mighty site, this wine is made by Braiden Albrecht and consulting winemaker Andy Erickson. It is a stellar version of the variety: chalky, structured and sophisticated in graphite, currant and cranberry, with a tease of black tea and sage. The tannins are elegant and will support aging (VB) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

92 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2016 is the new release of merlot from Mayacamas Vineyards. It comes in nicely ripe, listed at 13.6 percent octane and offers up a deep and classy bouquet of black cherries, cassis, cigar smoke, a good foundation of soil tones, cedar and a whisper of tobacco leaf in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and plush at the core, with good soil signature, moderate tannins and a long, nascently complex and well-balanced finish. This is a fine bottle of merlot for the cellar, as in the proper Mayacamas tradition, it is built for aging. It is probably a bit higher in octane than its stated level, but is nicely balanced and should age quite gracefully. Good juice. Inner quote mark (6/2020)

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/24/2021 | Send Email
Famed for their immortal Cabernet Sauvignon capable of going five decades in the cellar, Mayacamas also produces some of the finest Merlot on the planet (and it comes in at less than half the price of the Cabernet). This wine conveys its mountain terroir just as convincingly as the Cabernet; savory soils notes, dried herbs, cedar and cigar box. Robust red to black fruits swell with time in the glass, ripe redcurrant, blackberry and dark cherry. Nice dusty spices and floral tones also emerge. The property's formidable structure is present, but the tannins here are softer and more approachable than its stable mate. Rack of lamb...yes please!
Drink from 2021 to 2040

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