2014 MACAULEY 'Old Vine' Zinfandel, Napa Valley
The 2014 Old Vine comes from pre-prohibition vineyards; the youngest progeny hail from a 1904 planting in Calistoga. The end results are well-weathered red fruit notes, a bouquet of dried strawberry. Not overly pushy, or brooding, it opens up with zippy and fresh flavors of briar, cola, and white pepper. We made this wine to be consumed now, but if you happen to find one in the recesses of your cellar 15 years from, it will be quite drinkable.
- 580 cases produced
2014 MACAULEY Late Harvest Botrytis Sauvignon Blanc, Knights Valley
A bouquet of spring blossoms laced with notes of honey and kaffir lime followed by a hint of saffron. A first sip reveals a palate of honeyed nuts, pineapple panna cotta and a delicate tropical tone ending with a slight layer of citrus. A tradition is reborn.
-1 barrel produced
2014 MACAULEY Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Here's an inaugural release that gives winemaker Kirk Venge the goosebumps just thinking about it. The fruit comes from the cool mountains of western Sonoma, in the dense fog of Freestone Vineyard just six miles from the Pacific Ocean.
Hand punched down in small vats and fermented with native yeast, this newborn baby spends 16 months in tight-grain French Oak before it makes its way to Macauley bottles unfined and unfiltered. This isn't one of those crisp, citrusy Pinots that stings you like a spring bee. Instead, its notes of pomander and cherry throughout remind you of wise old family friends who stop by for the holidays.
-112 cases produced
2013 MACAULEY Petite Sirah, Calistoga
Beautiful and deep. This is a very well rounded example of this noble grape, which we've been making since 2008. The tannins are there for structure, flavor and aging, but not overbearing as they can often be in Petite Sirah. It comes from the Kenefick Ranch up in Calistoga, a very warm part of the valley giving it boldness and weight. I'm excited to uncork this Petite in a couple of years on its 20th anniversary and enjoy the fruits of our labor.
-50 cases produced