Name: Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: United States
Sub-Region: Napa Valley
For decades Mayacamas has produced one of the purest, most ageable expressions of Chardonnay in California. With malolactic fermentation inhibited, and élevage taking place in neutral oak barrels, the clear, focused flavors of the Chardonnay grape are allowed to shine through. The 2012 vintage is a vibrant and pure example of the style, filled with aromas of white peach, lilac, orange blossom and almond oil. On the palette, chalky minerality is balanced by luscious kiwi, lime zest and honeydew. So many years of drinkability ahead.
Vinous Review: 92 points
Apricot pit, pear, mint, spice and a touch of earthiness are some of the notes that emerge from the 2012 Chardonnay. Sweet floral notes develop in the glass, adding aromatic lift. The 2012 can be enjoyed today, but as Mayacamas fans know, these wines have a way of aging gracefully for many years.
-- Antonio Galloni