2012 Macauley Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon
Bold, dark and balanced, this wine oozes a machismo that will develop into more subtle, masculine and confident tones over time. The nose is filled with notes of dark chocolate, espresso, green olive, savory dried herbs, spice box and black cherry. On the tongue, it trots out an array of coating purple fruit flavors; from ripe blackberry to deep plum, handsomely wrapped with the subtle nuances of French Oak.
According to winemaker Kirk Venge, this Cabernet holds a place in the top three of Macauley’s releases from this legendary vineyard. Cellared correctly, it will easily survive to celebrate Simon’s 21st birthday.
Robert Parker: A potential 96 points at barrel tasting
2012 Macauley Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Sourced from vineyards in Oakville, Rutherford, Coombsville and Mt. Veeder appellations, the 2012 Macauley Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon greets you with aromas of rich black cherry, mocha, black licorice, and crushed herbs. The rocky soil, as always, give it a chiseled feel and strong personality. The palate is dense, more of these notes taking shape in the mouth. The licorice hits you first, followed by blackberry, dried black stone fruits and then its trademark minerality. It is a "young soul" Cab that, with proper cellaring, should survive for 15 years.
Robert Parker: 93 points
In our 2014 vintage, I think we have sourced some of the best Chardonnay vineyards that Russian River has to offer. Formerly known as the Macauley Dutton Ranch Chardonnay, the 2014 Macauley Russian River Valley Chardonnay is lighter- bodied than its predecessors. It is uniquely characterized by notes of wet river stone and a crisp, refreshing finish. Retaining this mineral-feel is achieved by aging our Chardonnay for 10 months in three completely different types of vessel: French oak, stainless steel and concrete. Concrete supports those cold wet stone and earthy notes while stainless steel barriques contain the raciness of the wine. The new French oak adds only a touch of wood to the bouquet- at just 6 percent. Bottled with gentle filtration, and a fine for polish, this Chardonnay blossoms with elegant citrus, honeysuckle, melon, a touch of green apple and very subtle notes of butterscotch.