We've got the same old crazy weather even with a new millenium.
However, the very dry November, December and early January do
seem to be giving way to much needed rain in these pails. The
clear autumn we had, however, was very welcome as harvest ran
later than normal. Maybe the climate hasn't gone crazy after all.
Our 1997 Chardonnay, 1998
Sauvignon Blanc, and 1995 Merlot
are now available.
Chardonnays in general, and ours in particular, can vary much
more widely in aging potential than many people realize. The common
perception is that all white wines, at least those from the new
world, are as good as they are going to get on first release,
and won't last very long either. However, we have produced some
Chardonnays that are improving at ten years of age and are still
excellent at twenty or more. On average they peak at seven to
ten years and are most enjoyable until at least fifteen. Our 1997
Chardonnay will attain that median category, at least. But,
it is highly pleasurable right now. Richness and viscosity are
developing nicely and there is a full complement of flavors and
aromas present. It goes well with all but the heaviest of foods.
The Mayacamas 1998 Sauvignon Blanc
fits our mold, shows our style, in all facets. Mountain grown
Sauvignon Blanc is a rare item in this world and the unusual,
intense character we achieve derives from the vineyard. Unusually
long aging for its type also, drink it anytime in the next five
or six years.
Our 1995 Merlot is 90% Merlot
and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet adds structure (backbone
if you will), depth and complexity to the wine. This, coupled
with the enthusiastic fruitiness of the Merlot, yields a bottle
most pleasant to enjoy now but suitable for aging until 2010,
at least. And, no meal is too rich or flavorful for this wine.
As is their wont, our mailing list has outgrown its cage and
must be attended to. If you have not bought wine directly from
the winery in the last two years, please let us know if you would
like to continue to receive these mailings. We are most happy
to have you on but don't want to bother you if they are not wanted.
The crew here got quite excited about twenty years ago when they
heard we were buying a Lamborghini. Visions of 175 m.p.h. driving
danced through their heads. Alas, its top speed was 12 m.p.h.
It was a tractor. Now we have a slick new Italian machine, a Landini,
which is decidedly racier. It goes 14 mph.