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Mayacamas Chardonnay "The Terraces" Special Bottling 2013

Rating

CWA98+

RP

WS

JS97

AG96

ST

W&S

JH

Price: $95.00

 
*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 98+ Points
“This majestic white wine boasts aromas of honeysuckle and cotton candy leading to perfectly balanced fresh fruit (golden apple, pineapple and citrus peel) flavors melded together for a pristine experience avid California white wine connoisseurs will adore. Effortlessly elegant like a skyscraper so brilliantly constructed that it floats like a feather on the horizon of your palate. Enjoy now through 2023+ with a wide array of menus.” - California Wine Advisors (7/18)

97 Points
“First ever special bottling at Mayacamas and this is superb. Full body, layered and complex. Cooked apple, cream and vanilla bean. So subtle and intense. Energetic. Made from vines planted in 1952 on the land with the famous Wente clone. 200 cases.” - James Suckling

96 Points
The 2013 Chardonnay The Terraces emerges from a parcel of low yielding, sixty year old vines that were ripped out after the harvest and is therefore the last wine off this site until the vineyard enters production again. It is also the finest Chardonnay I have tasted off the property. Stark and intensely mineral, the 2013 offers up a compelling range of crushed rocks, lemon oil, mint, chamomile and wild flowers, all backed up by serious structure. The 2013 did not undergo malolactic fermentation, but it exudes power and raw intensity. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/15)
   
BACKGROUND: In the early 1950’s, Mayacamas terraced a steep, south-facing hillside 2,000 feet above the Napa Valley and planted it to the Wente Clone of Chardonnay. This beautiful vineyard, with a clear view to the San Francisco skyline, was aptly named “The Terraces.” For 60+ years, this site provided some of the finest grapes in the Napa Valley and constituted the heart of legendary Mayacamas Chardonnays noted to age gracefully for several decades (seriously!) reminiscent of a fine white Burgundy. The old vines here had a long and productive life, but due to severely waning health the 2013 harvest was their last. The small amount of wine they produced was of exceptional quality, character, and intensity – it clearly stood out as something special.
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Kevin Bacons

*Price includes complimentary ground shipping on 6+ bottles.

“Classic” 98+ Points
“This majestic white wine boasts aromas of honeysuckle and cotton candy leading to perfectly balanced fresh fruit (golden apple, pineapple and citrus peel) flavors melded together for a pristine experience avid California white wine connoisseurs will adore. Effortlessly elegant like a skyscraper so brilliantly constructed that it floats like a feather on the horizon of your palate. Enjoy now through 2023+ with a wide array of menus.” - California Wine Advisors (7/18)

97 Points
“First ever special bottling at Mayacamas and this is superb. Full body, layered and complex. Cooked apple, cream and vanilla bean. So subtle and intense. Energetic. Made from vines planted in 1952 on the land with the famous Wente clone. 200 cases.” - James Suckling

96 Points
The 2013 Chardonnay The Terraces emerges from a parcel of low yielding, sixty year old vines that were ripped out after the harvest and is therefore the last wine off this site until the vineyard enters production again. It is also the finest Chardonnay I have tasted off the property. Stark and intensely mineral, the 2013 offers up a compelling range of crushed rocks, lemon oil, mint, chamomile and wild flowers, all backed up by serious structure. The 2013 did not undergo malolactic fermentation, but it exudes power and raw intensity. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous (10/15)
   
BACKGROUND: In the early 1950’s, Mayacamas terraced a steep, south-facing hillside 2,000 feet above the Napa Valley and planted it to the Wente Clone of Chardonnay. This beautiful vineyard, with a clear view to the San Francisco skyline, was aptly named “The Terraces.” For 60+ years, this site provided some of the finest grapes in the Napa Valley and constituted the heart of legendary Mayacamas Chardonnays noted to age gracefully for several decades (seriously!) reminiscent of a fine white Burgundy. The old vines here had a long and productive life, but due to severely waning health the 2013 harvest was their last. The small amount of wine they produced was of exceptional quality, character, and intensity – it clearly stood out as something special.

Winery Mayacamas

Vineyard Designate

AVA

Region Napa Valley