2014 Mayacamas Mt. Veeder Chardonnay SKU #1287228


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  • Gary Norton
    By: Gary Norton
    K&L Staff Member
    Green apple, racy lemon, yellow nectarine with a flash of vanilla and wet stone on the finish. This is an age-worthy, linear style of Chardonnay similar stylistically to Heitz Cellars'. It's steely and crisp, having spent time in neutral wood and stainless steel after fermentation. There's a reason Mayacamas has been in business for 125 years and it's because of bottlings such as this.
  • Keith Palace
    By: Keith Palace
    K&L Staff Member
    Winemaker Andy Erickson delivers big for this 125th anniversary bottling! Made exclusively with high altitude fruit from Mt. Veeder, this wine has a clean nose of toasted caramel and honeysuckle with a touch of vanilla. The palate is very balanced with a nice stony minerality, bright focused acidity and a clean finish. Neutral oak with no malolactic fermentation results in a superbly balanced wine. Enjoy this one while it lasts!
  • Scott Beckerley
    By: Scott Beckerley
    K&L Staff Member
    Today has been a benchmark day! I am writing up TWO California Chardonnays, something I have never actually done before. This release from Mayacamas is every bit as good as a fine white Burgundy. From the opening citrus flavors to the closing background of creme fraiche and Anjou pear. A lingering finish that hints at ripe apple and honey, but, keeps them in their place so as not to overwhelm. The acidity throughout keeps it clean, focused and lively. Simply put, just wow! This should also age exceedingly well for the next 10 years. Way to go, Mayacamas Vineyards!
  • Amy Monroe
    By: Amy Monroe
    K&L Staff Member
    There's a lot of Chardonnay out there, so the fact that this effort from Mayacamas stands out as one of the very best I've tasted in a long while is no small feat. It's obvious from the very first sip that the fruit quality is exceptional and that the winemakers had the wisdom to let that quality take center stage. There's a lot to love here - lemon, honeysuckle, mineral, pistachio - without any of it seeming overdone. A lot of words came to mind when I tasted this wine: balanced, complex, seamless, elegant. Each of them spot-on accurate.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    So many wineries have been releasing 30th and 40th anniversary bottlings recently that it has gotten a little out of hand. Sure those wines have been incredibly good, and the producers of the wines are some of the standard bearers of Napa Valley, but it’s started to feel like everyone is listening to the same marketing team, but a little gimmick can carry a quality product a long way. So when I saw the new 2014 Mayacamas Chardonnay was labeled to celebrate the winery’s 125th anniversary I kind of laughed out loud. I mean they had to have had enough with these measly 40-50 year anniversaries. They threw down the gauntlet and threw it down in a big way. <br> Mayacamas has long been one of my personal favorite wineries-full stop. Their wines are some of the most age worthy and historic that the North Coast of California has ever produced and not much has changed 125 over 125 years. Sure the winery was sold a few years back to Charles Banks and the Terroir Group but they really didn’t change much as far as the winemaking is concerned, they did bring in superstar winemaker Andy Erickson but he knows enough not to mess with a great thing. The old oak is still there, the enamel lined rectangular tanks are still there and the quality is still certainly there. (Most of the money that is going to refurbishing the winery is going into replanting the old and dying estate vineyard, hence the very little amount of wine they’ve produced in recent years.) <br> The nose of this Chardonnay is enough to stop you mid-sentence. It is a wild combination of traditional White Burgundy/Chablis notes like wet rock, lime and crushed cashew with a counterweight of Mount Veeder terrior, full of spearmint, chaparral and white sage. Linear and focused with a great wealth of character this is full of flavors of lemon verbena, prickly pear, more spearmint and a mouth feel that is at the same time oily rich and delicately lacy. This is so delicious right now that it will be hard not to chug all these bottles right away but I implore you to hold on to one or two of these wines for a number of years, anything up to 15-20 years, and watch them grow into something even more special. To say that this is one of the top Chardonnays that Napa has to offer is quite an understatement indeed.


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