Chardonnay 'Mt. Veeder', Mayacamas
- Exclusively sourced from Mt. Veeder – harvested from 40-year old dry-farmed vines between 1,800 and 2,000 feet in elevation
- Erickson’s third vintage, now inclusive of partial neutral barrel fermentation
- Whole-cluster pressed, fermented in a combination of small barrels (7% new), stainless, and large foudres
- Seven months on the lees, ten months of total aging
- MLF was inhibited, bottle-aged for nine months before release
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Press & Reviews
Made from decades-old dry-farmed vines planted to the Wente clone in rocky, volcanic soils, this is a stunning wine, flinty, fleshy and expansive, with undeniable minerality. Lemon zest, meringue and pear contrast against persistent acidity and a lasting briny tone that lifts the palate further. Enjoy from 2026–2032.
Mayacamas always delivers such focused and well-crafted chardonnay like this with cooked-apple, pear, light vanilla and seashell character on the palate. It’s tight and super integrated with a tight, creamy palate that goes on for minutes. Serious structure. Drink or hold.
The 2018 Chardonnay is an attractive wine, but it is also stylistically a bit different from some of the wines of the past. Creamy and silky in feel, with distinctly tropical notes. I am used to seeing wines with more structure. This is an especially airy, perfumed, easygoing style.