1999 York Creek Spring Mountain District Meritage (1.5L) SKU #1279517

$49.99

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Tasting Notes

The owner of York Creek is Fritz Maytag (Of Anchor Steam beer fame). He has farmed the property since 1968, selling grapes from his 125-acre mountain vineyard to many outstanding names in the California wine industry (Ridge Vineyards among them). York Creek began making a small amount of its own wine in 1992, and today less than 1,000 cases of Meritage are bottled a year produced entirely from estate grapes grown on Spring Mountain above St. Helena. Hillside vineyard blocks range in altitude from 1,200 to 2,100 feet. The 1999 is 63% Cabernet (Spring House, Lake & Horseshoe), 24% Merlot and 13% Petit Verdot, all estate grown.

Staff Reviews

  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    11/5/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    We first offered the 1999 York Creek Spring Mountain District Meritage in May of 2013. It was a huge hit with both customers and staff (I am sure I must have purchased 3 or 4 cases). Imagine then the chorus of cheers that went up in the warehouse when the latest shipment from York Creek included a few cases of the same wine in magnum, just in time for the holidays. I am sure I don’t have to remind you all just how good this wine is, since most of you have already had it. For those few who missed out, this is a perfectly aged, Bordeaux-inspired blend direct from the winery. As I noted in my original review, this is a wine “for Bordeaux lovers who may have given up on California Cabernet, and for California Cab lovers looking for a lower alcohol, food friendly wine” to pair with their holiday dinner. Quantity is limited, so if you are a fan, please don’t delay in making your purchase or you will miss out.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    10/30/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    We really loved the 1999 vintage. I feel like this vintage is really at its apex right now and is a wonderful example of an old wine with plenty of freshness and life. Sure there are some secondary notes of tobacco, sandalwood and mint in the nose and of course the tannins here are polished to a fine patina but this is insanely drinkable and full of fresh red fruits and a deep set forest driven spice that only Spring Mountain can deliver. Add that all up, plus you get a wine that is almost 15 years old, for $24.99 and this maybe the bargain of the year. (Original review 5/7/2013)

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