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Preserving and Improving a Legend

At Mayacamas Vineyards, new owners are renovating while respecting the winery's soul
James Molesworth
Issue: September 30, 2014

Legendary California estate Mayacamas is getting a serious makeover. When Charles Banks, bought the estate in 2013, in a partnership with his wife, Ali, and retail entrepreneur Jay Schottenstein and his son, Joey. Previous owner Bob Travers had stewarded Mayacamas for decades, creating roughly hewn Cabernet Sauvignon and steely Chardonnay, some vintages of which earned legendary status while others never quite came around. But that distinctive style earned Mayacamas a loyal following. Some observers were concerned the treasured past of Mayacamas was going to be glossed over and production would be ramped up. Wine Spectator's James Molesworth explains.

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