This wine has a deep, opaque black/purple color. Intense floral characters of violets and jasmine, along with blackcurrant, high-toned mint, and sandalwood aromas, can be attributed to the exceptional Cabernet Franc (45%) in '98. There are also jammy raspberries, dried cherries, forest floor, cedar, caramel, and dark chocolate. Aromatics are mirrored in the flavors in the mouth, along with an earthy, mineral tone. The chewy, sappy texture lingers with the long length of flavors.
"The 1998 Maya is an amazing effort, possessing multiple layers of fruit, sweet tannin, and no herbaceousness, astringency, or thinness. This is an amazing tour de force in winemaking for the vintage. It is loaded, with impeccable balance."
The Wine Advocate
"Deep ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of black cherry, blueberry, licorice, shoe polish and violet. Extremely primary and dense, with lively flavors of cassis, licorice, violet and shoe polish. Finishes with very fine tannins, and persistent, slow-building flavors. Not yet open in the middle palate, but there nothing about this wine to suggest that it's from a mediocre year. Indeed, notes winemaker Mia Klein, the cabernet franc, which comprises 45% of the blend, was strong in 1998.
International Wine Cellar
"Intense and dark-colored, with deeply concentrated currant, anise, pencil lead and cedary oak flavors. Continues to reveal exceptional depth and concentration, with a long, fruity finish and firm tannins."