Merlot 'Mt. Veeder'
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.
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 the Merlot were sourced from blocks with an average vine age of 30 years, located at approximately 2000 feet in elevation.
- 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
- The Merlot was fermented in concrete (80%), and stainless steel (15%)
- The Cabernet Franc, at 5% of the final blend, was fermented in open top neutral oak puncheon
- After fermentation both the Merlot and Cabernet Franc were aged in neutral French oak 45HL Foudre (12 months) and 225L barrel (8 months).
- 14.5% Alc