Mayacamas - Cabernet Sauvignon 2018


The pristine 475-acre Mayacamas estate sits near the summit of Mount Veeder, a one-of-a-kind mountain appellation with a cool and windy climate. The 52-acres of organically-farmed estate vineyards range in elevation from 1,800 to 2,400 feet – some of the highest planted lands in Napa.

The complex soils range from volcanic ash to igneous rock – grapevines struggle in the rocky terrain, produces small yields of intensely flavored fruit. Beginning in 2013, the Mayacamas vineyards have been managed by renowned viticulturist Phil Coturri – under his watch, much of the vineyards have been respectfully replanted (a much needed improvement) and transitioned to fully organic farming ensuring healthy vineyards for decades to come.

Also beginning in 2013, the production facilities have undergone significant restoration to ensure the winemaking team – led by Andy Erickson and Braiden Albrecht – can produce the finest wines in Mayacamas’ long history. The old Mayacamas winery, constructed in the 1880’s from stones gathered from the property, remains the focal point of our estate, and one of the most historic winery buildings in America. While the other main structure on our property – the residence – was completely destroyed by the 2017 Napa fires, in 2018 began a construction on a beautiful new building to serve as a centerpiece for future Mayacamas visitors – its design carefully planned to connect both the past and present style of Mayacamas. 

"This distinctive version leads with pine forest, sweet bay leaf and savory notes, with a core of steeped currant and bitter plum fruit, plus ample tobacco and warm stone notes in the background. The finish is chiseled in feel, with racy acidity taking just as prominent of a role as tannic grip. With range, character and energy to spare, this should cruise in the cellar." - 97 points, Wine Spectator

"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon was just bottled this past summer. It is of course a very young wine, but possesses tremendous aromatic nuance and freshness to play off a core of huge dark fruit. Readers will have to be patient with the 2018, as it is an imposing, vertical Cabernet that needs years to be at its best. Bright floral and spice notes lift the soaring finish as the wine's inner sweetness gradually emerges over time. The 2018 is super-impressive. That's all there is to it." - 98 points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Producer: Mayacamas

Country: USA

Region: California

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation: Napa Valley

Vintage: 2018

Size: 750ml