Mayacamas 2012 Chardonnay, Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley
"Mayacamas Vineyards is located in the Mayacamas Mountains that divide the Napa and Sonoma valleys. Near the summit of Mount Veeder, the old stone winery was dug into the side of a dormant volcano crater in the late 19th century. Fifty-two acres of vineyards are planted on mountainsides ranging from 1,800 to 2,400 feet above sea level. Annual production of Chardonnay averages around 1,500 cases. A year of aging in 60 gallon French oak barrels precedes bottling. These wines usually reach maturity at five to eight years of age but some hold near their peak for many more years. Le Pan Wine Journal scored this 2012 93 points saying "Lean, crisp Chardonnay from mountain fruit - leaner with more citrus and tree fruits than tropical flavors. Focused and pure with less than 10% new oak used. On the palate, there is little butteriness or creaminess. There was no malolactic fermentation. A wine to lay down for 6+ years." and Antonio Galloni scored it 92 points saying "Apricot pit, pear, mint, spice and a touch of earthiness are some of the notes that emerge from the 2012 Chardonnay. Sweet floral notes develop in the glass, adding aromatic lift. The 2012 can be enjoyed today, but as Mayacamas fans know, these wines have a way of aging gracefully for many years."