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2018 Macauley Bacigalupi Vineyard Russian River Valley

The 2018 is an intriguing take on Macauley's Chardonnay not seen in past vintages. Fermented and aged in three different vessels (concrete, stainless steel and French oak) this expression brings out the famous Baciagalupi terroir, and builds on the minerality that the concrete cask offers. A spectrum of earthy notes  here, from wet grey stone to white clay, expands with the temperature. The same is true in the mouth, where citrus and lemon drop candy dance lightly. A fresh acidity adds a bit of zippiness to this young white. The finish, however, goes on and on. We see the makings of fine Burgundy characters developing over time with this wine. -Kirk Venge

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Macauley Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2016 vintage will be remembered as a classic in Napa Valley, and this Cab is drinking as well as nearly any of our Reserves from years past.  With the clusters sourced primarily from Oakville, there are even healthy percentages of To Kalon and Stagecoach fruit blended into this wine. Brooding black berry mingles with toasty aromas of espresso, thanks to 100% new French Oak, and even some tertiary notes of roasted game. With 11% Malbec threaded into the blend, there is deep concentration here, fleshiness in the mid-palate, and plenty of muscle in this memorable vintage. Fans of Macauley really should hurry to get their hands on this very limited and well-priced release: Only nine barrels were produced. -Kirk Venge

 

 

 

2016 Macauley Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

At Macauley we are spoiled by the exclusive small-lot Cabernet vineyards from which we can draw. Star, Stagecoach, Oakville 360, Oakville Ranch and Beckstoffer Georges III are but a handful of the designates. Each is a unique and notable property, but the To Kalon Vineyard reigns supreme. Year in and year out, this is a fan favorite and we are particularly proud of this phenomenal 2016 vintage. It is a dark, savory wine full of power and harmony, with a dense bouquet bursting with dark cherry and plum. Aromas of ripe black currant, blackberry and cherry reduction are accented with 100% new French Oak notes of vanillin, caramelized sugar and toffee. This is a velvety red that washes over every corner of the mouth. It’s tempting to uncork this wine today but it will be very exciting to see where it goes 10 or 15 years from now. -Kirk Venge