2015 Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum
2015 Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum

2015 Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum

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The Wine Spectator’s top-rated 2015 Cabernet and #2 Wine of the Year:

Mayacamas is one of Napa’s most celebrated and historic estates. Its

stone winery, constructed in 1889 in the mountainous Mount Veeder

appellation, remains in use to this day. And since the 1950s, though

ownership has changed several times, little has changed about the

winemaking. Winemaker Braiden Albrecht and consulting winemaker Andy

Erickson utilize traditional techniques to yield a classic Cabernet style,

implementing a combination of cement, open-top foudres and stainless-

steel fermentors before aging the Cabernet 32 months in neutral oak (20

months in large foudres and 12 in barriques). The result: a compact wine

built on savory charcoal, bay leaf, tar and juniper notes.

Youthfully compact, with tightly wound black currant, bitter plum and dark

blueberry notes, this needs time to meld with the charcoal, bay leaf and tar

streaks, but the mouthwatering cut on the finish suggests that won’t be a

problem. Offers a long echo of juniper at the end. Best from 2023 through


Vinous rates it even higher:

Another stellar wine from Mayacamas, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

continues to be quite reticent, which is probably a very good thing for its

long-term prospects. Even so, the 2015 is dense, powerful and super-

concentrated, with a level of finesse in its tannins that separates it from so

many wines in this challenging vintage. Time in the glass brings out

graphite, menthol, licorice, sage and spice notes that add a sense of

gravitas. I would prefer to cellar the 2015 for at least a few years to allow

some of the baby fat to melt away. I expect the 2015 will always remain an

exotic, full-throttle wine relative to the norm here. I can't wait to see how it ages.

Not only will this be a Napa Cabernet legend; I suspect it will soon be FAR more


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