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2012 MAYACAMAS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 750ML

2012 MAYACAMAS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 750ML

Region: United States
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2012

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RATINGS: 94pts James Suckling; 93pts Vinous

Mayacamas Vineyards is located in the Mayacamas Mountains that divide the Napa and Sonoma valleys. Near the summit of Mount Veeder, the old stone winery was dug into the side of a dormant volcano crater in the late 19th century. Fifty-two acres of vineyards are planted on mountainsides ranging from 1,800 to 2,400 feet above sea level. Obsidian arrowheads and stone grain-grinding bowls found on the property bear silent testimony to Mayacamas first human inhabitants, the Native Americans of the Wappo tribe. It is from the Wappo language that the name Mayacamas derives; believed to have meant the howl of the mountain lion. But other possible meanings of the word exist: the source of the water, referring to the springs and headwaters of creeks that feed the Napa and Sonoma Rivers, a standing place referring to a trail marker, or a human scout. Perhaps, in some way lost to present understanding, Mayacamas meant a combination of all of these ideas to the Wappo. But, as the language was never written, and its speakers are no longer with us, the original sense of the word Mayacamas remains shrouded in the past. What remains today is a homage to the first meaning, the howl of the mountain lion, on the Mayacamas label, in the emblematic M which bears two lions dancing within.

TASTING NOTES: James Suckling 94 points - This is a tannic and muscular red with austere tannins now but vivid fruit and focused structured. It's linear and energetic. Extremely long and beautiful. Handmade as ever. Lightly bitter and bright. Better in 2020. Fall release..May/2016

Vinous 93 points - The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is shaping up to be a real beauty. Pliant and nuanced, the 2012 caresses the palate with a total sense of silkiness. Bright red cherries, mint, spices and flowers are all laced together in a supple, radiant Cabernet Sauvignon that captures the essence of the vintage. The purity of the fruit here is simply striking, but the 2012 is not a powerhouse, rather it is a wine built on finesse. Rose petals, mint, sage and a hint of white pepper add an element of exoticism on the high-toned, expressive finish. 93-96 Points.Antonio Galloni, December/2014

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