2014 Mayacamas Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, California
First Cabernet produced by Andy Erickson. Fermented in concrete fermenters, open-top foudre and stainless steel. After two weeks on skins, gently pressed to neutral oak for 32 months: 20 months in large format foudre and 12 months in barrique. Cellared for an additional 12 months in bottle before release.
Savory, bright and deep, this generous wine offers black cherry, ripe blackberry, and mission fig. On the palate, herb notes of star anise, marjoram and French lavender provide complexity and depth alongside the juicy bramble fruits. Secondary notes of graphite, cocoa and pencil lead hint at classic wines of the old world. The 2014 Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced 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.
97 points, James Suckling. "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."
96+ points, Antonio Galloni's Vinous. "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."
96 points, Jeb Dunnuck. "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!"