This jewel in the crown originates in the remarkable vineyard that shares its name. A proprietary blend aged in primarily new French oak, Maya showcases the site’s exceptional Cabernet Franc; it is graceful and alluring with an unmistakable pedigree. Fewer than 500 cases are produced each year.
2009 Maya is so densely structured, textured, and colored, that an assessment of it today provides only a glimpse of what the wine will become over time. This blend of Cabernet Franc (35%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) is indeed very expressive, jumpy like a young racehorse in the starting gate. Lively aromas of cherry cordial, baked blackberries, mocha, and coconut are highlighted by earth tones, such as crushed stones, flint, and freshly dug earth. The wine has a tight muscularity, and a cooling acidity that brings all these flavors to the foreground. As it sits in the glass, more layers of dark roast coffee, earth, and ripe black fruits are revealed, but its density and opacity speak to the fact that this wine will not reach its full potential for many years, and will likely live strong for several decades."