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Mayacamas Chardonnay 2015

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750ML / 14.25% ABV
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750ML / 14.25% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2015 vintage of Mayacamas Chardonnay— the team’s third making the wines—is perhaps their best effort yet. In its youthful state the wine is notably intense and focused, with the mouthwatering acidity taking center stage. Aromatic notes of lime zest, wet slate, fresh vanilla, and lemon candy mark the nose. The powerful palate is supported by bracing acidity and multiple citrus fruits—key lime, kumquat, and seville orange. Secondary flavors of pine, oyster shell, and flint make for a complex and exciting Chardonnay.

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JS 94
James Suckling
This is such a wonderful, linear and bright white with lemon and lime character and a creamy, crispy finish. Full body, tight and vivid. Stocky and solid. Love. Only 5% new wood.
D 94
Decanter
Dry-farming, high elevation and maturation in a variety of barrel sizes has produced a most elegant wine here. Roast cashew and roast hazelnut aromas segue seamlessly into concentrated notions of lemon oil and zest. This is fluid and concentrated, powerful but poised. The finish is clean-cut, citrus-scented and long, echoing life and verve.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Pure, rich and zesty, with vibrant, snappy apple, pear and honeydew flavors. Flinty minerality lends this a distinctive quality. Drink now through 2022.
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Mayacamas, California
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Founded in 1889, Mayacamas stands as one of the most storied vineyard and winery operations in the history of American wine. Through its more than 125 years of production, Mayacamas has earned its place as a standard-bearer of traditional winemaking, and the source of some of California’s most iconic and longest-lived bottles.

Named for mountain range that divide the Napa and Sonoma valleys, the old stone winery was dug into the side of a dormant volcano crater in 1889 and has remained in production ever since. For generations, methods and tools have been passed from owner to owner, and the Mayacamas style has remained remarkably consistent.

As the newest owners in a lineage of pioneering caretakers spanning numerous generations, we faithfully steward Mayacamas towards a bright future, ever mindful of the great traditions of the past. Since 2013, our team has worked tirelessly to restore all aspects of the Mayacamas operation, ensuring continued success for this unique American story.

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Centered at the peak for which it is named, Mount Veeder is Napa’s largest sub-AVA. But even though the entire appellation spreads over 16,000 acres, vineyards cover a mere 1,000. Scattered among Douglas firs and bristlecone pines, Mount Veeder vineyards extend south from the upper elevations of the Mayacamas Mountains—the highest point at 2,400 feet—to the border of the Carneros region. Less than 25 wineries produce wine from Mount Veeder fruit.

Winemaking began early in this appellation. In 1864, Captain Stelham Wing presented the first Mount Veeder wine to the Napa County Fair; it came from today’s Wing Canyon Vineyard. Prohibition, of course, halted winemaking and viticulture wasn’t revitalized until the founding of Mayacamas Vineyards in 1951 and Bernstein Vineyards in 1964.

The Bernstein Vineyards was actually home to the first Petit Verdot in California, planted in 1975. Today most of the Petit Verdot in Napa Valley originates from this vineyard.

Rocky volcanic clay and ancient seabed matter dominate Mount Veeder soils—perfect for Bordeaux varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot enjoy spectacular success. These varieties produce wines rich in brambly blackberry and black cherry fruit with herbal and floral aromatics. Structures are moderate to assertive and wines have great staying power.

Chardonnay from Mount Veeder is lush, full and balanced mineral and fresh citrus flavors.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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