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High on the slopes of Mount Veeder, Mayacamas Vineyards has been a source of legendary California wine since 1889. Since the 1950’s the vinification and élevage of Mayacamas remains remarkably consistent and our continued commitment to employ classical techniques and tools is integral to the character of these wines. The mountain terroir at Mayacamas ranges from 1,800 to 2,400 feet in elevation and the estate spans 475 acres, only 50 of which are dedicated to vine.
The 2003 Cabernet has emerged from youth and presents beautifully as an energetic teenager. Red raspberry and dried black currant dominate the rich and fruit driven nose while supporting flavors of graphite, iron, rose petal, and dried sage showcase the cooler, volcanic, mountain terroir of our estate. Structured and fresh, the wine shows a long finish with pronounced minerality. This wine should cellar well for at least 10 more years, likely much longer. In the vineyard, the grapes were harvested early to retain bright acidity and firm tannins. After fermentation in cement vats, the wines aged for 3 years in neutral oak — a combination of large format foudre and barrique. After an additional 2 years in bottle, the wine was initially released in 2008.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley