2013 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Mount VeederCabernet Sauvignon from United States
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The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon - the first Cabernet produced by Andy Erickson and his team - marks the beginning of a bright new era of winemaking at Mayacamas. Since taking ...
- 96 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
96 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
"The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is just as impressive from bottle as it was from cask. Vibrant and pulsating with energy, the 2013 captures the richness and power of the vintage but in the super-classic Mayacamas style. Deep, tightly wound and super-expressive, the 2013 is simply magnificent today. Still, it needs time to shed its tannin and fully unwind. Readers lucky enough to find the 2013 should expect a firm, structured Cabernet built for cellaring. "
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon - the first Cabernet produced by Andy Erickson and his team - marks the beginning of a bright new era of winemaking at Mayacamas. Since taking over stewardship of the estate in 2013, our efforts have been focused on the unique challenge of maintaining the traditional methods while simultaneously improving quality. Through meticulous restoration of the winery and a renewed focus on the details of great farming and winemaking, we feel the 2013 Cabernet represents the first step in an exciting journey forward at Mayacamas. VINTAGE, VINEYARDS & TERROIR The 2013 growing season and harvest were ideal at Mayacamas. Warm spring temperatures and dry weather resulted early bud break, consistent flowering and even fruit set. Warm summer days and cool foggy nights provided the perfect balance for ripeness. A heat spike in early September signaled the start of the Cabernet harvest on September 10 – our last fruit arrived at the winery October 8th. Grapes for the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested exclusively from high-ele - vation vineyards, some more than 40+ years old. Mount Veeder is a one-of-a-kind appellation with a cooler mountain climate and the lowest yields in Napa Valley. Soils range from poor volcanic deposits to ancient seabed; the grapes produced here retain high acidity and a clean, mineral character. Our grapes are harvested early to retain bright acidity and firm tannins. For fermentation we utilize a combination of cement vat fermenters, open-top foudre and stainless steel. After approximately two weeks on skins, we gently press and are ready for aging. The 2013 Cabernet aged 32 months in neutral oak – 20 months in large format foudre and 12 months in barrique. After bottling, the wine was cellared for 12 additional months before release. Savory, bright and deep, this generous wine offers black cherry, ripe blackberry, and mission fig. On the palate herb notes of star anise, marjoram and French lavender provide complexity and depth alongside the juicy bramble fruits. Secondary notes of graphite, cacao and pencil lead hint at classic wines of the old world.
96 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak and vanilla|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box|