Mayacamas Vineyards

Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2617 ratings
9.2202 pro ratings
Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Lee Pitofsky

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Mar 24th, 2021
Jay Kline

Poured into a ship’s decanter about an hour prior. Loads of sweet pipe tobacco, cassis, and purple flowers on the nose. On the palate, abundant, lush dark fruits with baking spices, tobacco and green bell pepper. Medium-plus tannins; medium-plus acid. Impeccable balance. Still quite primary at this point and I would say that the best is yet to come. Better after 2023 and through 2033.

Poured into a ship’s decanter about an hour prior. Loads of sweet pipe tobacco, cassis, and purple flowers on the nose. On the palate, abundant, lush dark fruits with baking spices, tobacco and green bell pepper. Medium-plus tannins; medium-plus acid. Impeccable balance. Still quite primary at this point and I would say that the best is yet to come. Better after 2023 and through 2033.

Mar 21st, 2021
Loren Grossman

Vintner Wilde Farm Wines

9.5

Statement wine. Amazing structure and finesse. Cassis, lead pencil, violets. Orange oil. Needs another 10 years.

Statement wine. Amazing structure and finesse. Cassis, lead pencil, violets. Orange oil. Needs another 10 years.

Mar 20th, 2021
Jay Kline

Finally, the 2001 Mayacamas is open for business. Previous bottles have been green and reticent, so much so that I wondered whether or not these would ever come around. Thankfully, my patience was rewarded. Brought to Tasting Group. Opened in the morning and allowed to slow-ox for six hours before entering the decanter an hour prior. Served double-blind. Poured a lighter garnet with no signs of color variation towards the rim. On the nose, red fruit dominant with dry leaf tobacco, some green bell pepper and baking spices. There was an overall impression of freshness that was hugely compelling. On the palate, again, hit with crunchy red currants over some darker fruits with a little bit of tobacco, leather and dark cocoa and espresso. Long, tongue smacking finish. A show-stopper of a wine, really. This had everyone’s attention at the table. It was universally thought to be Old-World and probably Cabernet Sauvignon based. Everyone thought it was much younger and who would deny such an assertion as it came across so youthful! Loads of smile when this was revealed to be the wine. I wish this wasn’t my last bottle as this would be fun to follow over the next few decades. Unanimously the groups WOTN.

Finally, the 2001 Mayacamas is open for business. Previous bottles have been green and reticent, so much so that I wondered whether or not these would ever come around. Thankfully, my patience was rewarded. Brought to Tasting Group. Opened in the morning and allowed to slow-ox for six hours before entering the decanter an hour prior. Served double-blind. Poured a lighter garnet with no signs of color variation towards the rim. On the nose, red fruit dominant with dry leaf tobacco, some green bell pepper and baking spices. There was an overall impression of freshness that was hugely compelling. On the palate, again, hit with crunchy red currants over some darker fruits with a little bit of tobacco, leather and dark cocoa and espresso. Long, tongue smacking finish. A show-stopper of a wine, really. This had everyone’s attention at the table. It was universally thought to be Old-World and probably Cabernet Sauvignon based. Everyone thought it was much younger and who would deny such an assertion as it came across so youthful! Loads of smile when this was revealed to be the wine. I wish this wasn’t my last bottle as this would be fun to follow over the next few decades. Unanimously the groups WOTN.

Sep 7th, 2020
Brian Szluk

Such a well made wine and only 13 3/4% alcohol. Cigar wrapper, coffee grounds, bitter sweet chocolate, black berry, blue berry, very lively still and has so much more aging potential.

Such a well made wine and only 13 3/4% alcohol. Cigar wrapper, coffee grounds, bitter sweet chocolate, black berry, blue berry, very lively still and has so much more aging potential.

Aug 9th, 2020
Tobin Trevarthen

Amazing. Deep ruby red. Pungent nose. Black cherry and dark chocolate. Baking spices. Nutmeg. Cedar box. Mint.

Amazing. Deep ruby red. Pungent nose. Black cherry and dark chocolate. Baking spices. Nutmeg. Cedar box. Mint.

Nov 30th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.2

The nose shows, ripe, stewed fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum & mix of blue & purple fruits. Anise, used tobacco, medium intensity dark spice, crushed rock powder, tarriness, dry brush, herbaceousness, steeped fruit tea, mixed berry cola, dark liqueur notes, whiff of green pepper, loamy soils, saddle-wood, moist clay, mocha powder, very understated baking spices, red, dark, fresh & withering, candied florals with shades of violets.

The body is medium and tannins still show dusty, tarry teethiness. The structure, tension, length and balance are just shy of peaking. It’s elegant with juicy, ripe, slightly fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, raspberries, strawberries, black plum & mix of blue & purple fruits. Anise, used tobacco, medium intensity dark spice with some heat as it lingers on the palate, crushed rock powder, tarriness, dry brush, dry herbaceousness, eucalyptus, steeped fruit tea, mixed berry cola, dark liqueur notes, green pepper pops up here & there, brewed black coffee, loamy soils, dry river stone, saddle-wood, moist clay, dark chocolate, mocha powder, salted caramel, very understated baking spices, red, dark, fresh & withering, bright, beautiful, candied florals with shades of violets. The acidity is like a waterfall. The long finish glides over the palate and is; ripe, very floral, well balanced and persists nicely.

Photos of, Mayacamas, very old school cellar, old tasting room that burned in 2017 and their Mount Veeder Vineyard.

The nose shows, ripe, stewed fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, black plum & mix of blue & purple fruits. Anise, used tobacco, medium intensity dark spice, crushed rock powder, tarriness, dry brush, herbaceousness, steeped fruit tea, mixed berry cola, dark liqueur notes, whiff of green pepper, loamy soils, saddle-wood, moist clay, mocha powder, very understated baking spices, red, dark, fresh & withering, candied florals with shades of violets.

The body is medium and tannins still show dusty, tarry teethiness. The structure, tension, length and balance are just shy of peaking. It’s elegant with juicy, ripe, slightly fruits of; blackberries, dark cherries, raspberries, strawberries, black plum & mix of blue & purple fruits. Anise, used tobacco, medium intensity dark spice with some heat as it lingers on the palate, crushed rock powder, tarriness, dry brush, dry herbaceousness, eucalyptus, steeped fruit tea, mixed berry cola, dark liqueur notes, green pepper pops up here & there, brewed black coffee, loamy soils, dry river stone, saddle-wood, moist clay, dark chocolate, mocha powder, salted caramel, very understated baking spices, red, dark, fresh & withering, bright, beautiful, candied florals with shades of violets. The acidity is like a waterfall. The long finish glides over the palate and is; ripe, very floral, well balanced and persists nicely.

Photos of, Mayacamas, very old school cellar, old tasting room that burned in 2017 and their Mount Veeder Vineyard.

Sep 1st, 2019
Jorge Henriquez

Zachys Wine Auctions

9.5

Starting to show some secondary notes of olives, pencil shavings and roasted meat. Very pretty wine

Starting to show some secondary notes of olives, pencil shavings and roasted meat. Very pretty wine

May 1st, 2019
Jorge Henriquez

Zachys Wine Auctions

9.4

Beautiful. Drinking well at the moment but definitely has the stuffing to last years longer.

Beautiful. Drinking well at the moment but definitely has the stuffing to last years longer.

May 1st, 2019
Lee Pitofsky

*did not take notes

*did not take notes

Mar 21st, 2019