When talking about the origins of winemaking in America, Mayacamas is one winery that will always be deeply entrenched in the history books. This iconic, landmark winery isn’t just a success story of the past though, their present and future are brighter than it’s ever been.
This 2014 Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon was VinePair’s #1 wine of the year in 2018, and every other critic who drank this person agreed. 97 points from James Suckling. 96+ from Antonio Galloni of Vinous who wrote, the “2014 is laser-focused and exceptionally beautiful.”
Finally, 96 Points from Jeb Dunnuck who added, “An incredible wine that reminds me of a great vintage of Lafite”. It’s safe to say this is one special bottle of wine.
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97 Points, James Suckling
Aromas of blackcurrant, mushroom, wet earth and bark follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and a stone, berry, chili and spice aftertaste. Muscular and chunky. Very serious. Almost no new oak. This shows the Mayacamas DNA.
96+ Points, Vinous
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon shows the best qualities of the year to great effect. Powerful, incisive and tannic, yet also medium-bodied in structure, the 2014 is laser-focused and exceptionally beautiful. Precision and finely sculpted, the 2014 is going to need at least a few years to come into its own, but it is incredibly vivid and poised, even at this early stage. Red fruit, wild flowers, orange peel and chalk add brightness throughout.
96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
An incredible wine that reminds me of a great vintage of Lafite, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a step up over the 2012, with more depth, richness, and elegance as well as texture. Stunning notes of red and blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, cigar tobacco, and cedar all emerge from this incredibly elegant, ethereal, yet layered 2014 that has present yet polished tannin, impeccable balance, and sensational purity of fruit. It certainly offers pleasure today (more than the 2012) yet will benefit from 5-7 years of bottle age and keep for 2-3 decades. It’s a brilliant, classic, old-school styled Napa Cabernet done perfectly!