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Mayacamas Vineyards

The Californian winery is located east of Napa at the foot of Mount Veeder in the eponymous Mayacamas Mountains. This mountain lies between the areas Napa Valley and Sonoma County, Mayacamas was the collective name for some Native American tribes in the area. The property was founded in 1889 by German immigrant John Henry-Fischer. After its bankruptcy at the beginning of the 20th century, viticulture was abandoned. A new beginning was made in 1941 by Jack and Mary Taylor, who took the winery back into operation after the purchase. They also gave the winery its present name. Finally, the property was bought in 1968 by Robert and Elinor Travers and made a replanting of the vineyards and purchase of land. The vineyards now cover 20 hectares of vineyards in a natural amphitheater-looking location at 600 meters above sea level. They are mainly planted with the two varieties Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as smaller amounts of Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.

Especially the wines from Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are considered outstanding. The "Cabernet Sauvignon 1971" (with around 10 to 15% Cabernet Franc and Merlot) was at the legendary Paris Wine Tasting in 1976. It is interesting that before this first competition Robert Travers judged the wine not yet drinkable (too young, not yet mature). And in fact he won "only" ninth place out of ten wines. However, at the replay in 1986, he finished third and second at the "Jubilee Tasting" in 2006 at the age of 35. This long-lived wine is matured for two years in large American oak barrels, one year in new French oak barrels and two years in the bottle before being marketed at the earliest five years after the harvest. The Chardonnay is extended durable (one year each American and French oak barrels) and reaches its peak after five to eight years at the earliest. The annual production is only 5,000 boxes.

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