The 2015 vintage of Mayacamas Chardonnay— the Andy Erickson and team’s third making the wines—is perhaps their best effort yet. In its youthful state the wine is notably intense and focused, with the mouthwatering acidity taking center stage. Aromatic notes of lime zest, wet slate, fresh vanilla, and lemon candy mark the nose. The powerful palate is supported by bracing acidity and multiple citrus fruits—key lime, kumquat, and Seville orange. Secondary flavors of pine, oyster shell, and flint make for a complex and exciting Chardonnay.
The 2015 Chardonnay emerges from dry-farmed, old vines on the property. In this vintage, the Chardonnay is surprisingly rich and unctuous yet it also retains its mid-weight feel. Orchard fruit, white flowers and mint, along with slightly tropical overtones, give the 2015 much of its distinctive personality. Readers who can find the 2015 should plan on cellaring it for at least a few years, as the wine needs time to shed its baby fat. Tasted again after the reds, with a good 30 minutes in the glass, the Chardonnay is flat-out gorgeous. About 80% of the wine spent time in larger foudres, which likely helped it retain a measure of freshness. – 95 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous)
This is such a wonderful, linear and bright white with lemon and lime character and a creamy, crispy finish. Full body, tight and vivid. Stocky and solid. Love. Only 5% new wood. – 94 points, James Suckling
Dry-farming, high elevation and maturation in a variety of barrel sizes has produced a most elegant wine here. Roast cashew and roast hazelnut aromas segue seamlessly into concentrated notions of lemon oil and zest. This is fluid and concentrated, powerful but poised. The finish is clean-cut, citrus-scented and long, echoing life and verve. – 94 points, Decanter