The 2014 Merlot is bright, punchy and vibrant in the glass. The purity of the flavors is striking, but the wine needs quite a bit of time to come together. That won't be an issue, as the wine probably won't be released until spring 2018. Picking on the early side, along with mountain tannins contribute to the wine's overall feel. The 2014 is going to be a fascinating wine to follow and could turn out to be one of the surprises of the vintage. Rating: 92+
Mayacamas Merlot remains one of the purest expressions of the varietal produced in America today—always made with restraint to express the more serious side of the grape.
In the glass, the nose explodes with red raspberry, star anise, black plum skin, black cardamom, and clove. The texture of the wine on the palate is notably fine—fresh, bright acidity and gravelly minerality lead to a juicy, mouthwatering finish and complex flavors of pomegranate, black fig, tobacco, and bing cherry.