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2011 Macauley Cabernet Franc, Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard, Napa Valley 

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Emerging from what was a challenging vintage comes a jewel worthy of anyone’s cellar. The 2011 Cabernet Franc has every trait necessary to be a classic and collectable piece. Color, nose, balance, acidity and refined tannins are all present and accounted for. Farmed meticulously by the famed Beckstoffer group, this Franc shows notes of oak spice, black cherry, light Oakville herbs and dust, warmth of toasted oak, black cherry-vanilla, slight hints of dried currants and plum. The nose builds over time as well and new details rise from the glass over the moments of time that go by. The native yeast and stylish French Oak barrel fermentation has given this wine a sizable, extracted presence. While young right now, this Franc will certainly do well with a few years in the wine cellar to allow the bing cherry, pomegranate, refined oak lactones and youthful tannins to settle into blissful harmony. Posterity and balance are what this eclectic Bordeaux varietal from Macauley is all about. - Kirk Venge, Winemaker


2011 Macauley Petite Sirah, Napa Valley

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This bold wine happily goes where many dare to go. Loaded with flavor, the ’11 Macauley Petite Sirah is a tame but large monster from the first pour. The inky, black and purple hues stick to the walls of the wineglass like something from a tar pit! The nose is elegant however; both generous and restrained. Not a vegetal segment in place, simply wafting black fruit and barrel vanillin. The wine is nicely polished which one may not expect, given the extracted size and mass of its first impression. The palate is a tongue tying array of black fruit, plum, black cherry, barrel spices and licorice. Venturing to the back palate, the acidity fills in with great detail, adding a red hard candy effect. The tannins are quite loud in volume but not distorted, suggesting that this bold and muscular wine will survive to 2029 and beyond if stored correctly. - Kirk Venge, Winemaker


2012 Macauley "Old Vine" Zinfandel, Napa Valley

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This Zin is the epitome of what fanatics of this Californian varietal will enjoy. It is a complete representation of the grape and I couldn’t be prouder of how this shining star of 2012 has evolved during it’s time in oak. An absolute beauty, this wine begins with incredibly brooding fruit. The concentration in the nose is profound. Notes of deep plum, black fruits, bright blackberry, raspberry, overripe cherry and hint of pepper spice fills every corner of the nose. The palate is yet again brooding but balanced and definitely not for the weak minded. Beginning with a flush effect of palate intrusion and flavor the mouth begins expansive and very, very round. I’m proud of this wine for the incredible command presence it possesses. Plush plum, blackberry, lush kirsch and hints of espresso spice fill around the tongue as this Zin finds it’s way to the back. The acidity is polished and the tannins enter from behind the opening act to support the transition of mid to back palate. Gentle handling of this wine allowed for fruit and flavor retention that is so incredibly generous. This is as close to a perfect Zinfandel I think I have ever made. Aged correctly I believe this will be a 7 year or longer Zinfandel. - Kirk Venge, Winemaker