Decanter 93 points – With a rich history, Mayacamas Vineyards is a pioneer on Mt Veeder, crafting a consistent signature style under Andy Eriksson’s guidance. The site where the fruit is grown is elevated above the fog line, and the vines average 40 years old. During the 2017 growing season this site experienced warm temperatures relative to surrounding areas. These conditions, plus extended elevage, have produced a memorable Chardonnay with notes of lemon custard and Buddha’s hand citrus zest, complemented by a layer of nectarine blossom. Upon first sip, a refreshing and electric acidity instantly wakes the senses. Oak integration gives this wine stamina and a lengthy finish..January/2019
Mayacamas Vineyards is located in the Mayacamas Mountains that divide the Napa and Sonoma valleys. Near the summit of Mount Veeder. The original sense of the word Mayacamas remains shrouded in the past. What remains today is a homage to the first meaning, ”the howl of the mountain lion,” on the Mayacamas label, in the emblematic ”M” which bears two lions dancing within.
THE LEGACY The Mayacamas winery was built in 1889 by John Henry Fisher, a German immigrant who first landed in Philadelphia…stuff happened… In 1968, ownership was assumed by Robert and Elinor Travers. Bob had worked at Heitz Cellars, living in a cottage on the Martha’s Vineyard property in Oakville. Bob’s apprenticeship with Joe Heitz, as well as his scientific background as a petroleum engineer at Stanford University, put him in good stead for his new career. He loved the land at Maycamas and saw its potential for producing wines of great character, depth, complexity, and longevity. Together, the young couple focused their efforts on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, with Bob as chief winemaker.
JUDGEMENT OF PARIS In 1976, Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon, vintage 1971, was selected for the ”Judgement of Paris” tasting, pitting a selection of the finest American wines against a similar collection of top French growths. Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon was also included in the 10-year and 30-year replays of that landmark event (in 1986 and 2006), which collectively solidified the tasting’s statement about the legitimacy of the best American wines, and the American wine industry in general.
In July 2013, Mayacamas was purchased by Charles Banks and his wife, Ali, in partnership with Jay Schottenstein and his son, Joey. Andy Erickson and Annie Favia will lead the winemaking and viticulture at the estate. “We are only the fourth owners in Mayacamas’ distinguished 124-year-old history. We are honored and grateful to become stewards of this unique property; truly a jewel in the crown that is Napa Valley. We are excited to continue the legacy that has been created at Mayacamas.” – CHARLES BANKS