Mayacamas Mt Veeder Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
For midweek dinner in, we selected this legendary Napa Valley Cabernet from the cellar.
This follows a recent blogpost about Mayacamas when we selected a Mayacamas Chardonnay for a similar setting, midweek dinner in. In a replay of highlights from that blogpost I wrote:
For a weeknight dinner, Linda prepared a smoked turkey breast with mash potatoes, gravy, and mixed vegetables. For a wine pairing, I opened one of Linda's favorites, Mayacamas Mt Veeder Chardonnay.
Mt Veeder Napa Valley Wine Experience in 2011. We obtain and keep a half dozen vintages in our cellar ever since.
pulled this from the cellar for tonight's pairing, the oldest vintage
release for this label, as part of effective cellar management.
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 vines.
The modern era Mayacamas dates back to 1968 when the property was taken over by Robert Travers who had worked at Heitz Cellars. He and his wife Elinor continued to focus on Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay striving to make wines of great character, depth, complexity, and longevity.
In July 2013, Mayacamas was purchased by Charles and Ali Banks in partnership with Jay Schottenstein and his son, Joey. Andy Erickson took over the Estate’s winemaking duties, and Phil Coturri took over farming and vineyard development. This release was crafted by Winemakers Andy Erickson and Braiden Albrech.
The burned structure, was a building they called “the residence.” that served as the hospitality center for the winery (though Mayacamas is generally not open to the public for tastings). That building was completely destroyed.
Cellartracker - purchased from Winery on 3/7/2011, delivered 3/25/2011.
Winemaker's Comments: Deep, brooding blackberry and black cherry aromas, along with a sage-like dimension, on the nose. The acidity on the tongue balances the surprisingly supple tannins. Red currants and plums on the palate finish very long. Will age gracefully for many years.