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.
Wine Enthusiast 96 Points (Cellar Selection): "Made from decades-old dry-farmed vines planted to the Wente clone in rocky, volcanic soils, this is a stunning wine, flinty, fleshy and expansive, with undeniable minerality. Lemon zest, meringue and pear contrast against persistent acidity and a lasting briny tone that lifts the palate further."
James Suckling 94 points:“Mayacamas always delivers such focused and well-crafted chardonnay like this with cooked-apple, pear, light vanilla and seashell character on the palate. It’s tight and super integrated with a tight, creamy palate that goes on for minutes. Serious structure. Drink or hold.”