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97 Points: A “Lafite-Like” Napa Cab at a Super-Sharp Price - 06/08/2019 - Cabernet Sauvignon (domestic)

In his 96-point review of the 2014 Mayacamas Mt. Veeder Cab, Jeb Dunnuck begins with the following: “An incredible wine that reminds me of a great vintage of Lafite.” Praise for a wine simply doesn’t get much higher than this and is a testament to the truly profound nature of this bottling. With winemaker Andy Erickson at the helm, we are seeing some truly remarkable things going on at this historic Mt. Veeder property. Among the best wines from the 2014 vintage, this Cab sails from one strength to the next. Broad-shouldered, bold, and dashing, it deftly captures all the best aspects of the vintage, speaking beautifully to both the time and the place from which it came. We secured this monumental red at a very competitive price, making this an excellent opportunity. Don’t miss out on what Dunnuck describes as “a brilliant, classic, old-school styled Napa Cabernet done perfectly!”

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2014 Mayacamas Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon ($119.95)

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." (01/2018)

96 points 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. (AG) 96+" (03/2018)

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. Its a brilliant, classic, old-school styled Napa Cabernet done perfectly!" (01/2019)

95 points Wine Spectator: "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. *Collectibles* (JM, Web Only-2018)"

Staff ImageRyan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 24, 2019

A perennial winner in the world of timeless Cabernet. Never the biggest, boldest Cab at the table...but certainly one of the most complex, layered and age-worthy. These fabled vines toiling in the rocky Veeder soils have given forth some of the most storied wines of Napa. Perhaps more akin to some left bank Bordeaux wines than its modern cult Cab counterparts that elegantly proportioned wine faithfully speaks of varietal and place. Briary fruits laced with cedar, bay leaf, dry tobacco and ferrous notes. medium bodied and linear in form with long, fine tannins and beautiful acidity. This wine will have a long and glorious drinking window so enjoy one now and lay some away for the future.