Napa Valley Chardonnay 2020
Mayacamas Vineyards

Napa Valley Chardonnay 2020
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From the mountainous terrains of Napa Valley, this 95-point Chardonnay hails from an iconic estate with 130 years of winemaking legacy. Revered as one of the region's finest producers, this elegant white masterfully marries freshness with deep complexity, setting a standard few can rival.

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Napa Valley Chardonnay 2020
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Founded in 1889 and carved into the side of a dormant volcano crater, Mayacamas stands as a beacon of Napa history, renowned not only for its location atop the majestic Mount Veeder but also as one of America's most iconic wineries. Over its illustrious 125+ years, this mountain-top estate has…

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highlights:

  • Historic Roots: Established in the 1880s, Mayacamas is among the oldest wineries in the U.S., enduring challenges like Prohibition and multiple bush fires
  • Global Recognition: Gained prominence during the Judgment of Paris in 1976, where Napa Valley wines, including those from Mayacamas, stood out against esteemed French labels 
  • Winemaking Mastery: With esteemed winemaker Andy Erickson consulting, and Braiden Albrecht at the helm, the duo brings unparalleled expertise to Mayacamas. Erickson's remarkable résumé boasts collaborations with iconic Napa brands like Harlan, Staglin, and notably Screaming Eagle
  • Distinct Style: Mayacamas have long diverged from the classic Napa richness, offering a vibrant and layered Chardonnay
  • High Praise: The 2020 vintage boasts scores like 95 from Antonio Galloni, 94  from Wine Enthusiast and 93 from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

tasting profile

  • Fragrant white flowers, lemon confit, and fresh tarragon on the nose, complemented by notes of Anjou pear, crisp apple, and tart pineapple
  • On the palate, hints of lemon oil, crushed rock, and almond are balanced by subtle oak and a suggestion of sweet corn
  • The finish lingers with tropical nuances, a medley of orchard fruits, and a distinctive flint-rock minerality, echoing its high-elevation origins

in the winery

  • Artisanal: Grapes are meticulously handpicked. Most are pressed whole, while a select few are crushed.
  • Classic Fermentation: Leveraging large oak vessels in a cool cellar setting preserves the wine's intrinsic character
  • Aged with Care: Spends a year maturing in varied neutral oak vessels, letting its flavours meld without an overpowering wood influence
  • Freshness First: The choice to skip malolactic fermentation keeps the zesty essence front and centre

recommendations

  • Food Pairing: A match for roast chicken, creamy salmon dishes, or even an earthy risotto
  • Drinking Window: Sip it now to appreciate its youthful verve, or let it evolve for a few more years. Your patience will be rewarded
  • Storage Tips: Keep it cosy in a cool, dark spot, ideally between 12°C-14°C 

IN THE PRESS

95 PTS - “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. 2023 – 2035” - Antonio Galloni

94 PTS - "Grown at high elevation, this structured, elegant white is balanced and beautifully composed. Crushed rock, ripe pear and melon flavours combine around bright, well-integrated acidity and oak, with a lasting imprint of flinty minerality." - Wine Enthusiast

93 PTS - "The 2020 Chardonnay hints at sweet corn but delivers vibrant apple and pineapple flavors. There's greater richness and texture than in the more polite 2021, but the wine remains medium-bodied and silky textured, with a lingering, elegant finish. With only about 10% new oak and no malolactic fermentation, it's a fine example of a less-worked Napa Chardonnay. Best After 2023. - Wine Advocate