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MAYACAMAS CHARDONNAY "ESTATE", MOUNT VEEDER NAPA VALLEY 2015
NVWE Notes: This bottling seems to mark a return to the glory and age-worthiness that this winery so often achieved in the 1970s. The aromas are a densely-coiled mix of golden apple, pear liqueur, peach tart, white rose, honeysuckle, brioche vanilla wafer and mineral scents. It is both piquant and tongue-coating on the palate, where the density is even more obvious yet the flavors are deeply-etched and surprisingly forthcoming. Those flavors, if years from their full expression, already prove a rich layering of baked green apple, dried peach, peach pit, lemon zest, orange peel, brioche and vanilla. Certainly delicious now, it will grow in depth and grace over the next five to eight years. 2200 cases produced.
Antonio Galloni - Vinous
The 2015 Chardonnay emerges from dry-farmed, old vines on the property. In this vintage, the Chardonnay is surprisingly rich and unctuous yet it also retains its mid-weight feel. Orchard fruit, white flowers and mint, along with slightly tropical overtones, give the 2015 much of its distinctive personality. Readers who can find the 2015 should plan on cellaring it for at least a few years, as the wine needs time to shed its baby fat. Tasted again after the reds, with a good 30 minutes in the glass, the Chardonnay is flat-out gorgeous. About 80% of the wine spent time in larger foudres, which likely helped it retain a measure of freshness.