2021 Mayacamas Chardonnay

2021 Mayacamas Chardonnay

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Size: 750mL

Appellation: Mt. Veeder

Winemaking:

"The 2021 was harvested by hand from mid to late August, cluster sorted, whole cluster pressed (95%), and crush press (5%). Alcoholic fermentation occurred in oak cooperage at cool cellar temperatures. Aged 12 months sur-lie (non-Bâtannage) in oak cooperage of diverse size, age and origin – 228L French barrel (50%), 500L French Oak – (5%). Malolactic fermentation was prohibited."

Tasting Notes: 

"The wine opens with lifted aromatics of subtle tones of jasmine and lemongrass supported by a lovely fruit set of Meyer lemon, white peach, and Bartlett pear. On the palate the wine expands, broadening the frame, bringing layers of texture and energy. Secondary flavors of bergamot, and green cardamom round out the mid-palate. The finish is long with lingering notes of orchard fruit, flint rock and salinity."

Reviews:

94 James Suckling

"Clean, razor-sharp chardonnay with chalky lemons, fresh pineapple, dried tangerine peel, flint and dried herbs. Hints of praline, too. Medium- to full-bodied, crisp and tense with vivid acidity coming through. Chalky minerality. Very dynamic and characterful."

94 Jeb Dunnuck

"The 2021 Chardonnay is bright and racy, with a clean, pure style as well as a kiss of good reduction in its citrus, lemon, and tart melon-like aromas and flavors. This Chablis-like Chardonnay will evolve nicely over the coming 10-12 years if well stored."

92 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"The 2021 Chardonnay is made in a crisp, restrained style, spending 12 months in a mix of different barrels, up to 500 liters in volume. Less than 10% are new, and malolactic fermentation is blocked to retain freshness. Melon, pear and citrus notes come through on the nose and medium-bodied palate, while the finish is moderately silky in texture yet zesty, powered by bright lemon-lime notes. Best After 2023. Rating: 92+"