Mayacamas VIneyards

7072244030 1155 Lokoya Road
Napa, CA 94558
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Mayacamas Vineyards is a wine estate located in the Mayacamas Mountains that divide the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. The old stone winery is perched on the edge of a dormant volcano crater near the top of Mt. Veeder. Fifty two acres of vineyards are planted on mountain sides ranging from 1,800 to 2,400 feet above sea level. Deer, eagles, coyotes, cougars, foxes, bobcats, and an occasional bear still inhabit this rugged terrain. The winery was built in 1889 by John Henry Fisher, a German immigrant, who first worked as a sword engraver in Philadelphia and then became a pickle merchant in San Francisco. The winery was also used by his family as a summer home and as a ranch to raise and care for the horses he used to deliver pickles to his clients in San Francisco. He sold his wine by the barrel. The barrels were loaded onto horse drawn wagons, driven fifteen miles to the Napa River, and then transferred to ferry boats which took the wine to San Francisco where it was bottled and sold At Mayacamas Vineyards Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder Napa Mountain 1984

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    Very pretty wine in the glass with no bricking appearance. Some funk on the nose, but otherwise suggestive of black fruit. On the tip of the tongue, Im getting a bit of tart dark fruit. As the wine passes back I am enjoying the elegance that comes from years (decades, in this case) of bottle age. However, there is a slight suggestion of oxid... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • So in the winter do they yank out the bottles and put in the cordwood?Your uncle's work sounds like a smaller, DIY version of the project that led to some caves on the other side of the Mayacamas in eastern Sonoma (see snaps below). At the beginning of the '80s as an early if small shareholder I visited what was becoming Carmanet Vineyards (late... Read More

    Forum post in the topic How not to store wine


  • Despite my somewhat feeble attempts trying to find US wine in Australia is frustratingSo I think I would like to build a list of high Quality but not astronomic priced wines my American Snooth Colleagues would suggest I look out forBare in mind that if it is from a very small niche producer I would need to know how I can source it in AustraliaSo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Learning more about US wine


  • Looking forward to trying these wines. Pick-up is May 1st. Joel going back to his roots and old school production methods for these small lot wines.    The EssentialsFor this first release, Once & Future wines will be sold on a first come, first served basis. We have no idea what the demand might be for these wines, but the volumes are small tha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Once & Future Wines - The...


  • OT, how do you place Insignia or Dominus or Mayacamas or Heitz Martha's or others from Napa's storied past? I was a bit surprised to see Montelena in the list below. Do we want to track specific winemakers and consultants?   So here're excerpts from the Wikipedia page on cult wines. Are these the definitions we want? Cult wines are those for whi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon


  • It's interesting that a few new topics have popped up recently (Experiencing Cabernet Franc for one) and that my wife Sandra just today handed me an article by Dave McIntyre she cut out of a Washington Post newspaper dated 25 March 2015.  I'm starting this new topic based on this article "The wine cost four digits.  And the taste?" regarding the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon


  • Mayacamas Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1976

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    [This wine was gifted to me by my brother-in-law who found it in an estate sale. We believe the storage for the last 40 years was less than ideal.] Slight bricking color. Very musty or maybe, horsey, nose. On the tip of the tongue, this one is surprisingly refreshing. Some dried fruit flavorscherry, plum. Very sedate tannin, but still so... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Wasn't so long ago we were talking about her. Just saw an article pop up on W-SZelma LongOh yeah, and Dave - re: the Brett topic from earlier this year. There are strong suspicions that Leoville Barton wines still contain it, all the way up to vintage 2010. If the 2003 had any, they were pretty minor and didn't stick out much. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zelma Long Article


  • Storybook Mountain - Zinfandel Napa Valley Mayacamas Range 2011

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    Not your typical Zin - Much like a Pinot Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Freemark Abbey was actually quite good back in the late '60s, all through ... Val Winery1972 USA9.9.95Mayacamas Vineyards1971 USA10.9.45Freemark Abbey Winery1969 USA   RankGradeWineVintageOrigin1. Chateau Montelena1973 USA2. Meursault Charmes Roulot1973 France3. Chalone Vineyard1974 USA4. Spring Mountain Vineyard1973 USA5. Beaune Clos des Mouc... Read More

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