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2016 Mayacamas Merlot

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Latest Sale Price

March 17, 2024 - $75

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RATINGS

95Vinous / IWC

Sweet red fruit, white pepper, mint and dried flowers all grace this sublime, super-expressive Merlot.

94James Suckling

...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.

94Wine Enthusiast

...chalky, structured and sophisticated in graphite, currant and cranberry, with a tease of black tea and sage...tannins are elegant...

90Wine Spectator

Sleek and pure-tasting, with focused red currant, dried cherry and plum flavors backed by fresh acidity. Crushed stone and light spicy accents chime in on the finish.

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Mount Veeder

Mount Veeder AVA was established in 1993, though its origins as a wine producing district date to the 19th century. A German Presbyterian pastor named Peter Veeder was one of the first landowners in the area, and by 1864 one of his neighbors, a German sea captain named Stelham Wing, was producing wine commercially. The area continued to attract German agricultural entrepreneurs, some of whom established the estate that would later become the Christian Brothers Mont La Salle winery. Today the AVA includes about 1,000 acres of vineyards, most of them at relatively high altitudes. The Mayacamas vineyard, for instance, is at 2,400 feet. Cabernet Sauvignon is the most frequently planted grape, followed by Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

TYPE

Red Wine, Merlot

The Merlot grape is such a deep blue that it is named for the blackbird. It’s an early ripening grape and one of the primary varietals used In Bordeaux. Merlot is also grown in the "International style," which is harvested later to bring out more tannins and body.