Mayacamas - 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon
Located in the Mayacamas Mountains between Sonoma and Napa Valleys, Mayacamas winery was built in 1889 by a German immigrant who sold wine by the barrel to bottlers in San Francisco. The winery was owned by several families in the 20th century and in July 2013 Mayacamas was purchased by Charles Banks and his wife Ali, in partnership with Jay Schottenstein and his son Joey. Andy Erickson will lead the winemaking. The new owners are only the fourth group of owners in the estate’s long history. Mayacamas is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon as well as a widely admired Chardonnay.
Every so often (about every 3 years), we get access to some library wines from them. We had the opportunity of visiting the tasting room in downtown Napa after getting engaged at Italics in October of 2019. We tasted through the 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2015 Cabernet and it was incredible to see the differences. The 2004 had been high on our list to try so we were thrilled to recently have that opportunity. It was a cool vintage so is more Bordeaux like and has way more aging potential that the ‘03 and ‘05. It is just now becoming drinkable, but is best in 2029, should you have the patience.