Aromas of Meyer lemon, river rock, vanilla bean, and honeysuckle highlight the nose. On the palate, the wine strikes a balance of richness and focus. Mouthwatering acidity and flinty minerality lead into flavors of lemon curd, almond and passion fruit. Read more..
2018 CHARDONNAY – MT. VEEDER, NAPA VALLEY
High on the slopes of Mount Veeder, Mayacamas Vineyards has been a source
of legendary California wine since 1889. Since the 1950’s the vinification
and élevage of Mayacamas remains remarkably consistent and our
continued commitment to employ classical techniques and tools is integral
to the character of these wines. The mountain terroir at Mayacamas
ranges from 1,800 to 2,400 feet in elevation and the estate spans 475 acres,
only 50 of which are dedicated to vine.
TASTING NOTES & WINEMAKING
2018 marks our team's fifth vintage of Chardonnay. We began harvest on August 28th and
finished on September 14th under ideal conditions. Hand sorted and pressed whole
cluster, the Chardonnay was fermented and aged in barrel, puncheon and foudre with 10%
new French oak. 12-months aging in oak built texture without eclipsing the delicate white
flower notes that make this vintage so attractive. Overall, 2018 is lively and fresh, featuring
acacia blossom, lemon zest, marzipan, and green pear notes underpinned by lingering
salinity. A firm acid backbone will make for a mouthwatering finish over the next 15 years.
VINTAGE, VINEYARDS & TERROIR
The 2018 Chardonnay is aromatic, fresh and mineral. Late spring rains and moderate
summer temperatures concentrated flavors slowly in the vineyard, allowing for great
precision at harvest. The Chardonnay grapes are grown in rocky, volcanic soils high up on
Mt. Veeder - the majority coming from 46-year old, dry farmed Wente Clone vines.
vintage of Mayacamas Chardonnay — our team's fifth — showcases both site and vintage
beautifully. Aromas of ripe lemon honeysuckle and crushed oyster shell highlight the nose.
On the palate, the wine has the classic Mayacamas acidity and is framed nicely by the
textural richness in the mid-palate that comes from a warm vintage.
Aromas of Meyer lemon, river rock, vanilla bean, and honeysuckle highlight the nose. On the palate, ..
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