(75 customer reviews)

Mayacamas Chardonnay 2021

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13.50% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2021
  • WS 92
  • WA 92
  • VIN 95
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Wine Description

The Mayacamas Chardonnay 2021 opens with lifted aromatics of subtle tones of jasmine and lemongrass supported by a lovely fruit set of Meyer lemon, white peach, and Bartlett pear. On the palate the wine expands, broadening the frame, bringing layers of texture and energy. Secondary flavors of bergamot, and green cardamom round out the mid-palate. The finish is long with lingering notes of orchard fruit, flint rock and salinity.

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Weight 3.5 lbs

Reviews (75)

75 reviews for Mayacamas Chardonnay 2021

  1. Yolanda Rodriguez

    Well-polished wine with flint, citrus, honeysuckle, and sea air aromas. Mouth-filling fruit with a nice crisp lift of lemon rind.

  2. Diana Weber

    On the nose, notes of lemon, sweet white flowers, and wet river rocks. Great depth and drive on the palate with a dense core of fruit bound in a glowing mesh of acid, moving into a vibrant fruit-driven acid finish. Taut, vibrant, and balanced.

  3. Alison Weeks

    Oak overload, not for solo sipping.

  4. Kevin Neff

    Excellent Chablis with steely nose, mineral flavor, and fresh lemon notes. Perfect oak balance and medium plus acidity.

  5. Jeffrey Rodriguez

    Improved after airing, excellent now!

  6. Larry Whitehead

    Overpriced disappointment. Thin lemon juice with small portion of grape juice and high acidity. Not a rich Chardonnay.

  7. Stephen Isaacs

    Straw yellow. Honeysuckle nose. Lemon, oak, and butter flavor. High acidity. Viscous mouthfeel. Enjoyed on a sunny day in the Keys. Score: 89-90.

  8. Dennis Mccullough

    Lemon and white flowers on the nose, good acidity, well-structured. Needs more time in the bottle. Nice overall.

  9. Jamie Montey

    Medium-bodied with a lemony taste, slight floral nose, trace of oak, and minerals. A bit acidic at the end, but aging may resolve. Not cheap, but worth keeping a bottle or two if you prefer lean Chardonnay. Rating: around 90.

  10. April Hartage

    Bright and refreshing with lemon and acidity. Loved it!

  11. Everett Crane

    Lambertis crew tried Mayacamas Chardonnay with red snapper and risotto. Citrus, mild oak, white flowers, and lemon zest were prominent on the nose and palate. It has a medium body with a crisp acidity. The oak is not overpowering, making it a good match for the fish.

  12. Evalyn Blackburn

    Chardonnay not my type, but thickens with roasted apples. Fruit is excellent but lemony hit not impressive. Rating increased.

  13. Carla Pennington

    Wife likes but finds it overpriced.

  14. George Dudley

    Crisp and subtle pineapple notes, YCB.

  15. Jacquelyn Tyler

    “Great chardonnay, light, bright, with simple oak notes.”

  16. Lois Bryant

    Review: Creamy, with notes of flowers, lemon and Caribbean fruits. Minimal oak and malolactics. Good with fish. Ageable, but best to drink within 2-3 years.

  17. William Porter

    Lacking complexity and depth. Dominated by lime and lemon. No earth/mineral notes.

  18. Zelda Foslien

    Lean and clean with tropical notes of fresh cut pineapple, mango, and lemon meringue. Improved as it warmed up. Enjoyed by both PnP and myself.

  19. Joseph Giroux

    Waste of money. Little taste. Not comparable to Rombauer or Beringer Reserve. Costs same as Lewis but doesn’t measure up.

  20. Shad Sims

    A true old-world varietal with lemon zest, wet slate stone, oak, mineral notes, and a hint of salinity. Best served not colder than 50 degrees to bring out its personality. Could be mistaken for Chablis if blinded.

  21. Eva King

    Refreshing with a nice nose. Apricot and guava dominate. First time having Mayacamas. Cheers.

  22. Sherry Montgomery

    Balanced and classic California Chardonnay with nectarine, lime, and oak aromas, medium body with mellow fruit and delicate acid frame, and a crisp finish with citrus rind back aromas.

  23. Elease Mortimer

    Delicious Mayacamas Chard with a balanced acidity and fruitiness. Not dry, but crisp and lively. Enjoyed it cold.

  24. Christopher Conboy

    Fresh and acidic Chardonnay with subtle oak finish. No overpowering alcohol taste. Hint of minerality with fresh fruit flavors. 92+.

  25. James Seago

    Flinty and green apple nose. Medium body and acidity. Crisp and clean with savory mid-palate and medium finish.

  26. Jesus Hunt

    Lacks inspiration.

  27. Florence Underwood

    Excellent wine, cheers!

  28. David Edelson

    Excellent minerality, green apple notes, no oak, French style. Perfect for hot summer days.

  29. Vanessa Depalma

    Citrusy, lacking creaminess and finish. Wait a few years before trying again.

  30. Rachel Wammack

    Well-balanced Chardonnay that hits the spot. Cheers!

  31. Caroline Forcello

    Sweet caramel and pineapple blend for a joyful start to the Fourth of July weekend.

  32. Alan Arriaga

    Acidic and buttery. Good for early drinking. Goes well with grilled lake trout in Frankfort.

  33. Salvatore Sass

    Tropical fruit and apple notes, medium body, good acidity, a bit lean and stayed. Decent but could benefit from a year or two of aging. 89-90.

  34. Leon Tambe

    Delightful wine with light oak and well-integrated body. Excellent fruit and buttery finish with a warming aftertaste. Limited production of <1000 cases.

  35. William Burton

    Pleasant with driving acidity, medium-long finish. Hints of pineapple, lemon rind, pear, and vanilla spice.

  36. Todd Ice

    Light, refreshing, with bright citrus notes. No oak, butter, or wax. Enjoy at any temperature.

  37. Lamont Kirchner

    Excellent American chardonnay.

  38. Frances Wolfenbarger

    Best $50 and under California Chardonnay. Clean fruit, bracing acidity, saline finish. Beautiful, elegant. 92++.

  39. Kelly Bake

    Delicious, lean, and crisp wine.

  40. Kevin Arredondo

    Excellent bottle with bright acidity and fresh flavor.

  41. Carolyn Mendes

    Stellar wine. Light yellow with intense, crisp finish.

  42. Ollie Early

    Clean aromas of honey, lemon, beeswax and cumin with rich honeyed stone fruit on the palate and a long finish. 13.5% alcohol.

  43. Brad Waller

    Fruity, light summer wine. Not a personal favorite.

  44. Maria Manley

    Great value Chardonnay, no formal notes.

  45. Andrea Maguire

    Well-made Cali Chard with good acidity and concentration. Complex finish, will age well. Fuller than ’19 Roulot, lacks tautness and mineral saturation. At Napa In The City.

  46. Harold Patrick

    Citrus and green apples on the nose and palate. Perfect for summer. Lingering finish.

  47. Lisa Riddick

    Favorite burgundy-style chard. Love spring releases. Excellent!

  48. Ashley Conaway

    Great value wine with lemon, herbs, honeycomb, and a youthful nut element. Acidity is on point. (92+)

  49. Erma Hacker

    Aromatic and flavorful. Apples and pears dominate. Great depth, length, and mouthfeel. Outstanding now with potential for improvement.

  50. Bob Bursley

    “Get more” – B.W.

  51. Alex Gallup

    Definitely my style of Napa Chardonnay. Toward the Burgundian end of the spectrum for sure, White peaches, green apple, wet stone. Medium bodied with great acid. A racy wine.

  52. Refugio Atwater

    Creamy with hints of vanilla, and notes of pineapple, apple, and lemon zest. Unbelievably good.

  53. Ali Becerra

    Balanced chard with broad characteristics.

  54. Louis Pugh

    Approachable and delicate, a good choice. Cheers!

  55. Clayton Kennedy

    Classic Chardonnay with crisp fruit, notes of citrus, flowers, and pear. Cheers!

  56. Krista Drost

    Chardonnay has a pale lemon color with medium to pronounced aromas of lemon, apple, and pear. It has high acidity, medium to high alcohol, and a light body. Lemon, apple, and pineapple flavors are light to medium in intensity, with a medium finish. It’s too lean for my taste, similar to pinot grigio.

  57. Anthony West

    Good fruit and acidity, but lacks balance. Long finish. Meursault-like, but without finesse. Tasted over 2 days.

  58. Elmer Freeman

    Great now, even better later.

  59. Rufus Morris

    Terrific chardonnay with a mineral taste, closer to burgundy style than California.

  60. Edwin Brown

    Vanilla, peach, and honey on the nose with a dry, full-bodied palate of butter and lemon juice. Medium length and intensity make it a good quality wine to drink now or keep for a few more years.

  61. Marjorie Garcia

    Nice fruit with moderate oak, good acidity, and wonderful nose.

  62. Brenda Moran

    Citrusy wine, fresh and dry, but thin without oak. Better at the winery. Not great for chardonnay fans. Oak haters will enjoy. Drink or hold.

  63. Mike Bustamante

    “Daft Punk’s advice: Buy it, drink it, share it, love it. Absolute fire.”

  64. Lamont Williamson

    Review: Smooth and dry with a hint of pineapple and subtle limestone on the nose. A great Chardonnay that has blossomed since its first impression.

  65. Melanie Hayes

    “Oak integration improved, very tasty.”

  66. Donna Doles

    Beautiful Cal Chardonnay with a touch of oak, stone fruit palate, and long finish. Age for 3-4 years.

  67. Stella Jones

    Balanced bottle, not too oaky or minerally.

  68. Katie Aguilar

    A charming Napa Chardonnay with pear, white melon, and butter notes, racy acidity, and a medium plus finish that reminds me of high-quality Pouilly-Fuisse.

  69. Helena Taylor


  70. William Madrigal

    For how young this is, and the fact malolactic fermentation is fully blocked, it is shocking how much texture is on this wine. Very fresh, high acid Napa Chardonnay with lots of lemon and salt on the nose and palate. Should get better, but delicious now

  71. Joyce Pointer

    A bit muted, lacks fruit, short. Funky aromas and plenty expressions, but not well integrated. Decanted for 10 hours.

  72. James Koffman

    Pale lemon with complex aromas of lemon, green apple, and candied floral notes. High acidity, low to medium alcohol, and a long finish make for a taught and focused palate.

  73. Jaime Arimoto

    Overpriced and unimpressive. Not recommended.

  74. Vivian Kawamura

    Agelvis gifted a bottle with creamy lemon curd and pineapple notes, and a hint of ripe pear on the front palate. Second night had a hint of banana, slightly less creamy. 92 on first night, 91 on second.

  75. Julius Mervis

    Citrusy and mineral-driven, with a tart lemon taste. No oak or butter. Burgundian style. Good but not the best for the price.

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Critical Acclaim

WS 92
Wine Spectator
Features a fresh mix of Meyer lemon, pomelo and pear flavors at the core, with terrific structure, vibrancy and intensity. Juicy finish, where lemon thyme oil and mineral notes linger.
WA 92
Wine Advocate
The 2021 Chardonnay is made in a crisp, restrained style, spending 12 months in a mix of different barrels, up to 500 liters in volume. Less than 10% are new, and malolactic fermentation is blocked to retain freshness. Melon, pear and citrus notes come through on the nose and medium-bodied palate, while the finish is moderately silky in texture yet zesty, powered by bright lemon-lime notes.
VIN 95
The 2021 Chardonnay is a rich, phenolic wine that shows just how distinctive this site is. Rich and layered, with striking intensity, the 2021 is lights out today. Lemon oil, almond, dried flowers and earthy undertones open beautifully with aeration.

What does Mayacamas Chardonnay 2021 taste like?


earthy, mushroom, smoke


oak, tobacco, vanilla

apple, green apple, pear


licorice, cinnamon, mint

citrus, lemon, lemon zest

cheese, cream, oil

grass, asparagus, straw

raisin, fig, dried fruit

tropical, pineapple, mango

perfume, jasmine, orange blossom

Food Pairing with Mayacamas Chardonnay 2021

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