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2012 Macauley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley



This is an intensely rich wine that broods with dark chocolate powder, dried plums and bing cherries, black licorice and spice box notes.   I was amazed how after only a few weeks in the bottle this wine was already singing out and pairing incredibly well on the dinner table!  The texture is huge!  What a generous, bold young red, showing refined tannin and a proper acidity to age 20 to 30 years without question.   Hailing from the appellations of Oakville, Rutherford, Coombsville, Chiles Valley, and Mount Veeder, this wine is built to last.   It is a mouthful of densely packed black cherry, cassis and subtle toasted oak.   Even as this wine sits in the glass it is alive and evolving.  I recommend buying long on this wine as I myself cannot wait to revisit this Reserve in 5 and 10 and 20 years from now.- Kirk Venge

 220 cases produced



2012 Macauley Cabernet Franc Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, Napa Valley


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This is a knockout example of To Kalon Cabernet Franc.  Not an edge of the typical “green’ characters interrupt the seamless beauty of this expansive wine.   The nose is voluptuous and round with soft wax of a cherry candle, crème’ de cacao, French oak and vanillin.  The flavors are as expansive as the nose and bursting through with a flood of flavor!   Blackberries, dried currants and fall spices float wide on the palate.  The power is refined and accented with great flesh and finish.   This wine never ends!  With this type of upside potential, I envision the enjoyment of this 2012 to cellar, and drink well, for 20 years or more. - Kirk Venge

50 cases produced