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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. These mountains are located between Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Mayacamas was the collective name for some Indian tribes in this area. The property was founded in 1889 by German immigrant John Henry-Fischer. After his bankruptcy at the beginning of the 20th century, viticulture was abandoned. A new start was made in 1941 by Jack and Mary Taylor, who reopened the winery after the purchase. They also gave the winery its present name. Finally, in 1968 Robert and Elinor Travers bought the property and replanted the vineyards and purchased land. The vineyards now cover 20 hectares of vines in a natural amphitheatre-like setting 600 metres above sea level. They are mainly planted with the two varieties Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as smaller quantities of Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc

Especially the wines from Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are regarded as outstanding. The "Cabernet Sauvignon 1971" (with about 10 to 15% Cabernet Franc and Merlot) was present at the legendary Paris Wine Tasting in 1976. It is interesting that before this first competition Robert Travers judged the wine as not yet drinkable (too young, not yet mature). And in fact he "only" achieved ninth place out of ten wines. But at the repeat in 1986 he came second and at the "anniversary tasting" in 2006 at the age of 35 he came third. This long-lasting wine is aged for two years in large American oak barrels, one year in new French barriques and two years in the bottle, and is only marketed five years after the harvest at the earliest. The Chardonnay is also aged for a long time (one year each in American and French barriques) and only reaches its peak after five to eight years at the earliest. The annual production is only 5,000 cases.

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