Mayacamas is an iconic vineyard that is located in the mountains that separate the valleys of Sonoma and Napa. Mayacamas is thought to mean in the now extinct Wappo Native American tribe language “the howl of the mountain lion” . This is why on the label you can see two howling lions.
Mayacamas was built in the late 1880’s by a sword engraver turned pickle merchant, John Henry Fisher. He made and sold wine until the property fell into hard times in the 1920’s, the depression and prohibition was to blame. Selling illegally made grappa and wine to the catholic church for mass didn’t keep them afloat. In 1941 Jack and Mary Taylor bought the winery, and renamed it Mayacamas for the surrounding mountains, and planted what would come to be known as world class Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
In 1968, the property fell to Bob and Eleanor Travers. Bob had just learned winemaking at Heitz Cellers, and loved the potential of the property at Mayacamas. Throughout the years, this vineyard has put out classic and beautiful expressions of Cabernet and Chardonnay, with a high potential for aging. They have stood up against some of the finest wines in the world at the “Judgement of Paris” a highly regarded wine tasting that pits the finest French and American wines against each other testing not only taste and style, but aging ability as well.
Here at Bottlenose, we carry the Mayacamas Chardonnay 2011 and the Cabernet Sauvignon 2008.
Come enjoy a bottle of this legendary wine.