Nose

In the glass, the nose explodes with red raspberry, star anise, black plum skin, black cardamom, and clove.

Palate

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.

Growing Conditions

2014 Mayacamas Merlot was sourced entirely from dry-farmed vineyard sites high on Mount Veeder. Mount Veeder is a one-of-a-kind appellation with a cooler mountain climate and some of the lowest yields in Napa Valley. Soils range from poor volcanic deposits to ancient seabeds; the grapes produced here retain high acidity and a clean, mineral character. The grapes used in our 2014 Merlot were sourced from blocks with an average vine age of 30 years, located at approximately 2000 feet in elevation.

Winemaking

Fermentation and maceration in neutral wood and cement.

Aging

The 2014 Merlot was aged for 22 months in neutral oak, primarily large format foudres.