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The 2016 Maya, a blend of two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and one- third Cabernet Franc from our hillside estate, is a revelation. It starts by pulling you in close, to appreciate the delicate and precise details of the wine, with all the exotic aromas of a Moroccan market coming from the Cabernet Franc, and the dark black fruit tones and crushed rock minerality that defines this part of Oakville. The sensation then expands, like the slow crescendo of a Beethoven symphony, revealing deeper and yet more nuanced layers of complexity. Currant, huckleberry, cocoa, cinnamon, red leaf tobacco and flint are only a few of the notes offered up as the wine is tasted, delivered on a bed of silky, polished tannins. Even as the finish builds to an impressive level of intensity and length, all of the subtleties and intricacies are there to enjoy. Indeed, the strength of this vintage will continue to reveal itself over the course of many years.
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.
The signature blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from our estate in Oakville, Maya is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Both of these varieties thrive on the iron-rich, rocky soils in the eastern hills of Oakville. Our aim is to find the right combination between the “Maya Block” of Cabernet Sauvignon, which consistently produces the most compelling wine on the estate, with Cabernet Franc growing in adjacent blocks, which adds a new and exciting dimension to the wine
Coming on the heels of a prolonged multi-year drought, the 2016 growing season was defined by near-ideal conditions. Rain in March and early April allowed the vines to start the spring with ample moisture in the soil, makingforhealthycanopiesandbalancedvines. Adry,mildsummer,withonly one short heat event, helped the fruit ripen with deep color, intense aromatics, and ample natural acidity. Harvesting in September and early October allowed us to produce wines with remarkable depth, energy, and varietal typicity. Early reviews are that the wines from 2016 are some of the most compelling of the last decade.