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2017 Macauley Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Franc, Oakville

This wine has the focus of a Formula 1 race car driver.  Powered  by a bouquet of black fruit, and punctuated by a beautifully waxy, almost oily palate, you’ll pick up hints of Oakville herbs here, along with dusty notes of savory spice. Dark, brooding flavors of black cherry, currant and espresso fuel this powerful red. But again, the pedigree of the 2017 Macauley To Kalon Cabernet Franc is by all means its provenance. It is common around the valley lately to read claims to ownership of prized parcels of “To Kalon,” but there is only one Beckstoffer-To Kalon that produces the finest fruit of Napa Valley, year in and year out, and that’s what you’re getting here. As always, it is aged in 100% new French oak, unfiltered and unfined. -Kirk Venge

- 2 Barrels Produced

 

 

 

 

2017 Macauley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

The blend for this Reserve moves slightly every year, and the 2017 has zeroed in on a few very attractive vineyards, comprised of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville and 5% Petit Verdot from a gem at the north end of Pope Valley.  A very deliberate wine, built carefully over 28 months; this Reserve stares back at you with deep, dark violet eyes.  The nose is wide awake with scents of ripe raspberry, dried plum, coffee char and hints of vanilla and toffee. With time, steadily swirling in the glass,  she opens like a flower and more primary dark fruit aromas rise up to the brim The palate is full of youth and very fresh. In fact, it is still tight at such a young age, showing a 20-plus year potential . With one taste of well-marbled steak, the mouthfeel will show beautiful richness and detail of dried black cherry, black berry, cocoa and cola bean. The Reserve is also always aged in 100% new French oak, unfiltered and unfined. -Kirk Venge


- 10 Barrels Produced