MAYBACH AMOENUS Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Thinking back to what both of these Cabernets looked like in fermenter, I would have never imagined how saturated the color is now. The Amoenus in particular has darkened every time we’ve revisited. This bottling gets dramatically better every year. Before deciphering the site, which sits in a little cool pocket of Calistoga, we always imagined Amoenus would be the more fruit-driven wine in the lineup. Early vintages, though, showed more structure and savory-based notes. With more attention to detail in the vineyard and a better understanding of how to pick and vinify the crop, the fruit component has gained in the winemaking for a more balanced, accessible product in its youth. With the 2014, fruit, acid, structure and varietal notes all hit the palate simultaneously. Digging for detail on the nose and palate, the first impressions are soil-driven: graphite, creosote and crushed rock. The flavors have good concentration without being overly brooding or clamped down. There’s a nice freshness to the wine as well, a factor of the abundant natural acidity and well-integrated oak. It’s a little frightening how easy this is to drink right now — a pretty good glimpse into the wine’s very bright future. – Thomas Brown
Review by Robert Parker Wine Advocate # 227 (Oct 2016) Rating: 98 Drink 2021 - 2053 The 2014 Maybach Amoenus comes from a western hillside vineyard near Calistoga that is actually cooler than the general area. This wine always exhibits plenty of crushed rock, wet gravel minerality, notes of forest floor, spring flowers and copious quantities of blackberry and crème de cassis with a hint of lead pencil shavings and pen ink. The 2014 is dense and full-bodied, but with low acidity and ripe well-integrated tannin. It is strutting its stuff, however it should be even better with 5-7 years of bottle age and last 25-30 years. 330 cases of this glorious wine produced.