2015 Mayacamas Chardonnay MagnumUdsolgt
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.
The 2015 Chardonnay emerges from dry-farmed, old vines on the property. In this vintage, the Chardonnay is surprisingly rich and unctuous yet it also retains its mid-weight feel. Orchard fruit, white flowers and mint, along with slightly tropical overtones, give the 2015 much of its distinctive personality. Readers who can find the 2015 should plan on cellaring it for at least a few years, as the wine needs time to shed its baby fat. Tasted again after the reds, with a good 30 minutes in the glass, the Chardonnay is flat-out gorgeous. About 80% of the wine spent time in larger foudres, which likely helped it retain a measure of freshness. – 95 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous)
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. – 94 points, James Suckling
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. – 94 points, Decanter