Wines

Since the 1950s, the vinification and élevage of Mayacamas has remained remarkably consistent and our continued commitment to employ classical techniques and tools is integral to the character of these wines. The Mayacamas style begins with an early harvest to preserve acidity and encourage bright, vibrant flavors.

The wines see extended ageing in neutral oak vessels ranging in size from small barrels to large foudres—some in use since the 1920s. Finally, the wines are released only after further time in bottle, ensuring the elements coalesce into a complete wine.

This unwavering approach results in classically-styled, age-worthy wines. Because of the remarkable ability of these wines to continue to improve with decades of aging, we are committed to holding back a percentage of production for re-release in the future.

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2012 Mayacamas
Cabernet Sauvignon

Fresh and vibrant in its youth, 2012 Mayacamas Cabernet surely has a long life ahead. Red raspberry, tart bing cherry, black olive, thyme make for a substantially complex palate. The firm, structured tannins make for a classic profile, and suggest a particularly ageable wine.

Vintage Notes

2002 Mayacamas
Cabernet Sauvignon

Representative of the richness of the vintage, 2002 Mayacamas is at once classic and generous. Bright, primary aromas of cherry, strawberry and red currant show the wine has decades of life ahead, while savory notes of sagebrush, sandalwood and licorice candy suggest the first small steps of its evolution away from youth. Focused tannins, rich fruit and a particularly supple texture add up to a wonderful vintage of Mayacamas Cabernet.

Vintage Notes

2014 Mayacamas
Chardonnay

The wine is at once rich and very focused – dominated at first by mouthwatering acidity and stony minerality, then broadening into generous flavors of lemon curd and green pistachio. The 2014 vintage was our team’s second as winemakers of Mayacamas, but the winemaking style remains much the same as in years past. After fermentation in a combination of neutral wood and stainless steel, the 2014 Chardonnay spent 12 months in barrique, less than 10% of which was new. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation.

Vintage Notes

2013 Mayacamas
Terraces Chardonnay

The 2013 "Terraces" is a classic Mayacamas Chardonnay, marked by bracing acidity, and focused, concentrated flavors of Asian pear, orange blossoms, wet stones and lime candy. It will age effortlessly for years to come.

Vintage Notes

2012 Mayacamas
Merlot

Mayacamas Merlot remains one of the purest expressions of the varietal produced in America today - always made with restraint to express the more serious side of the grape. In the glass, the nose explodes with macerated raspberries, fresh cherry, green cardamom and anise. Sleek and structured, the palate shows juicy berry, pomegranate, fresh thyme and tarragon. As is typical with this bottling, Mayacamas Merlot generous both in texture and acidity. After fermentation in cement tanks, the 2012 Merlot spent 24 months in neural oak – a combination of large-format foudres and used barrique – before bottling.

Vintage Notes

Acclaim

"Mayacamas Vineyards is among the classic wineries that have made California wines among the world's finest. The original stone winery is a Napa classic. The Mayacamas wines remain extraordinary...they offer a freshness almost unparalleled in Napa, along with an intensity of tannin that can invigorate fans of the valley's classic wines."

Jon Bonne

The San Francisco Chronicle

"Mayacamas Vineyards is legendary...its reputation for producing amazingly complex, long-lived wines is well-deserved...Mayacamas Cabernets are deeply colored, enormously rich and concentrated wines...these wines live up to their billing. The rewards of cellaring can be awesome. Mayacamas Cabernets are as rich, complex, and structured as any produced in California."

James Laube

of The Wine Spectator

"Mayacamas Vineyards is one of the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon producers in the history of California. For those who long for great red wines that cellar with conviction and evolve in the course of time into brilliantly complex and compelling wines, Mayacamas Vineyards remains one of the brightest stars in the constellation of California wine. It is arguably the last man standing from the glory days of California's past."

John Gilman

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