Even by old-school Napa Valley standards, Mayacamas represents a bit of an anachronism. Its remote location high atop Mount Veeder seems like the furthest thing from Napa, and to some extent, it is — far removed from the valley floor both in terms of distance and in the style of wine. This is one of Napa’s most historic estates, and its stone winery, constructed in 1889, remains in use to this day.

When Bob Travers took over in 1968, Mayacamas was already well respected locally, but Bob, who had trained at Heitz Cellars, could see the potential to produce world-class wines from the estate. Bob fulfilled this promise, and by the time of the infamous 1976 “Judgement of Paris” tasting, which included his ’71 Cabernet, Mayacamas was already regarded as one of California’s great wineries.

In 2013 the Jay Schottenstein family purchased the property, becoming only its fourth owner since 1889, and invested heavily in both the winery and vineyards. They installed Andy Erickson as head winemaker and Phil Coturri to oversee the viticulture, the latter guiding the transition to fully organic farming. The new team pledged to stay true to the style of wine that has become synonymous with this incredible estate.

Today, Mayacamas has become one of Napa’s most celebrated wineries, and we are delighted to be able to offer the 2020 Mayacamas Chardonnay.

Described by Vinous’ Antonio Galloni as, “just gorgeous in the way it conveys mountain energy while avoiding any sense of austerity”, Mayacamas’ commitment to classical techniques and tools has once again allowed the exceptional terroir to shine.

This wine is just coming into its drinking window and will happily cellar for another decade or two. They will be available for delivery later this year.

Mayacamas Chardonnay 2020 (12x75cl)
£450 per case 12 IB

95 points | Antonio Galloni, Vinous
The 2020 Chardonnay marries textural richness and energy, all in grand style. Lemon confit, white flowers and light tropical accents lend quite a bit of character. There is striking creaminess and oiliness to the feel, even though the malolactic fermentation was fully blocked. The 2020 is just gorgeous in the way it conveys mountain energy while avoiding any sense of austerity. (Drink between 2023-2035)

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