Mayacamas Chardonnay 2016

Mayacamas Chardonnay 2016

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The 2016 vintage of Mayacamas Chardonnay — our team's fourth as winemakers —continues the legacy of fresh and powerful mountain chardonnay. 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.

Harvested early to retain natural acidity, the grapes were sorted by hand and pressed whole cluster. Fermentation was completed in combination of small barrels (10% new), large format puncheon and stainless steel. The wine was aged on the lees for seven months, ten months of total aging. Malolactic fermentation was blocked, and the finished wine saw nine months of bottle aging.

Fruit for the 2016 Mayacamas Chardonnay was sourced from vineyard sites in the Mount Veeder Appellation. Grapes were harvested from 40-year old dry-farmed vines located between 1800 and 2000 feet in elevation. Mount Veeder is a one-of-a-kind appellation with a cooler mountain climate and some of the lowest yields in Napa Valley. Soils range from poor volcanic deposits to ancient seabeds; the grapes produced here retain high acidity and a clean, mineral character.

"The 2016 Chardonnay is simply dazzling. Bright, fresh and nuanced, the 2016 possesses striking energy from the very first taste. Lemon peel, almond, mint and white flowers are some of the many aromas and flavors that emerge from this finely sketched, vibrant Chardonnay. A wine of pure and total class, the 2016 has the pedigree to age gracefully for many years to come. Quite simply, this is an unbelievably beautiful wine that is sure to delight Mayacamas fans. ....Mayacamas is setting a new standard for what California Chardonnay can be. Don't miss it.” --Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, Reviewing 2016 Chardonnay, 95 Points


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