Mayacamas Vineyards

Mt. Veeder Merlot

9.229 ratings
9.28 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
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.

2 people found it helpfulSep 21st, 2018
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
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
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.0

Nice, ripe, round, juicy dark & light cherries in their 14 Merlot. @ Pebble Beach Food & Wine.

Nice, ripe, round, juicy dark & light cherries in their 14 Merlot. @ Pebble Beach Food & Wine.

Apr 23rd, 2017
Matt

A great expression of Merlot. Classic in every sense. Aromatically lifted, red plum, cigar, rustic herbaceous notes, a soft attack followed by grip and crushed rocks. I bet this ages beautifully

A great expression of Merlot. Classic in every sense. Aromatically lifted, red plum, cigar, rustic herbaceous notes, a soft attack followed by grip and crushed rocks. I bet this ages beautifully

Feb 7th, 2017
Kamall

Savory, higher acid mountain Merlot. Forget your Valley Cabs! Love it.

Savory, higher acid mountain Merlot. Forget your Valley Cabs! Love it.

Jun 29th, 2022
PS Michaels

CA Merlot for CA Merlot skeptics.

CA Merlot for CA Merlot skeptics.

May 8th, 2022
Heather Robinson

HWT - $60, nice and not a light merlot. But too pricy for the light flavor

HWT - $60, nice and not a light merlot. But too pricy for the light flavor

Dec 13th, 2021
Tyler Felous

Incredibly smooth. Bigger than Pinot but just as smooth. Not as much spice as I would expect. Need to drink more merlot

Incredibly smooth. Bigger than Pinot but just as smooth. Not as much spice as I would expect. Need to drink more merlot

Nov 24th, 2021