Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Mt Veeder, Napa Valley CA 2014 HALF BOTTLE

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High on the slopes of Mount Veeder, Mayacamas Vineyards has been a source of legendary California wine since 1889. Since the 1950’s the vinification and élevage of Mayacamas remains remarkably consistent and our continued commitment to employ classical techniques and tools is integral to the character of these wines. The mountain terroir at Mayacamas ranges from 1,800 to 2,400 feet in elevation and the estate spans 475 acres, only 50 of which are dedicated to vine.*

The 2014 Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced exclusively from vineyard sites in the Mount Veeder Appellation. Grapes were harvested primarily from 20 to 30-year old vines grown between 1,800 and 2,000 feet in elevation. 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. Aged for 32 months in neutral oak, the wine is vibrant and textured offering aromas of red raspberry, sarsaparilla and black pepper. It has beautiful structure; elegant tannins and length are highlighted by notes of bay laurel, allspice, and mulberry. Secondary notes of graphite, black olive and cacao hint at classic wines of the old world.

Rated #1 VinePair's The 50 Best Wines of 2018
"Mayacamas Vineyards’ 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a graceful return to form from an iconic Napa winery...Very light oak influence allows the elevated, sun-soaked terroir of Mount Veeder to shine. Acidity is bright, and the wine has tart, juicy black fruits. Herbs and black licorice add nuance, while chewy tannins persist in a lingering finish, which is rich in stony mineral notes... The 2014 vintage is drinking exceptionally well, but it’s still a baby. This wine will mature with grace and elegance and can be left in the cellar for decades."
James Suckling: Rated 97 Points
"Aromas of blackcurrant, mushroom, wet earth and bark follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and a stone, berry, chili and spice aftertaste. Muscular and chunky. Very serious. Almost no new oak. This shows the Mayacamas DNA. "

Vinous: Rated 96 Points
"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon shows the best qualities of the year to great effect. Powerful, incisive and tannic, yet also medium-bodied in structure, the 2014 is laser-focused and exceptionally beautiful. Precision and finely sculpted, the 2014 is going to need at least a few years to come into its own, but it is incredibly vivid and poised, even at this early stage. Red fruit, wild flowers, orange peel and chalk add brightness throughout. Rating 96+"

Jeb Dunnuck: Rated 96 Points
"An incredible wine that reminds me of a great vintage of Lafite, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a step up over the 2012, with more depth, richness, and elegance as well as texture. Stunning notes of red and blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, cigar tobacco, and cedar all emerge from this incredibly elegant, ethereal, yet layered 2014 that has present yet polished tannin, impeccable balance, and sensational purity of fruit. It certainly offers pleasure today (more than the 2012) yet will benefit from 5-7 years of bottle age and keep for 2-3 decades. It’s a brilliant, classic, old-school styled Napa Cabernet done perfectly!"

Wine Spectator: Rated 95 Points
"This packs in a lot of juicy black currant and blackberry paste notes, with lively licorice snap and bramble accents filling the available space. A roasted apple wood accent lends a mouthwatering edge while a tarry echo at the very end adds range and length. Should cruise in the cellar. Best from 2020 through 2045."

Producer Name: Mayacamas Vineyards
Old/New World: New World
Country of Origin: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: North Coast
Appellation: Napa Valley
Village/Vineyard/Climat: Mt Veeder
Quality Designation: AVA
Grape Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Vintage: 2014
Product Type: Wine
Wine Style: Fuller Body Red
Viticultural Features: 20-30 year old vines at 1800-2000 ft elevation
Winemaking Techniques: Primary fermentation in cement vat fermenters, open top foudre, and stainless steel tank. Aged 32 months in neutral oak barrels.
Winemaker: Andy Erickson 
ABV: 14.25%
Pack/Size: 12/375 ml
Container Type: Dark Green Bordeaux Half Bottle
Closure Style: Natural Cork