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2020 MACAULEY 'Old Vine' Zinfandel, Napa Valley

The 2020 Macauley Zinfandel shows all the flair and swagger of the long line of vaunted 'Old Vine' Zinfandel that have come before it. This is another beautiful grilled-steak wine. Waves of clove, cherry and incense rise from its ripe and velvety bouquet with each twirl of the stem, while the mouthfeel belies an expert balance of tannins, acidity, and alcohol. Uncork it now or hold it for 10 years or more, cellared correctly. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. 375 cases were produced. - Kirk Venge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 MACAULEY Pinot Noir, Sonoma

What we adore about the Fort Ross-Seaview terroir is its crisp, oceanic air, situated at the northwestern corner of the Sonoma appellation at an altitude of about 1000 feet. The Cinghiale Vineyard (named for the pesky wild boars that roam this otherwise peaceful coastline) is continually influenced by the Pacific, yet it lies well above the wet, coastal fog, making it the perfect place to grow Pinot. We are thrilled to produce this low-yield vintage of clones 828 and Calera each and every year. The color is an inky red, with juicy, brooding fruit that floods the palate but still shows a stoic nature, reminiscent of a fine Côte de Nuits. Notes of tart raspberry, crushed herb and a hint of licorice mingle with black pepper and spice, all trailing off with a light powdery tannin and a lengthy finish. We recommend laying this young red down for three to five years, but you might even enjoy it now with a rosemary-rubbed leg of lamb or a platter of smoked ham. Bottle unfined and unfiltered, just a mere 75 cases were produced. - Kirk Venge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 MACAULEY Petitie Sirah, Kenefic Ranch, Calistoga, Napa Valley

The 2019 vintage of the Macauley Petite Sirah was most noteworthy for its wonderfully moderate summer temperatures and its steady sunshine. This wine hails from the revered Kenefick Ranch in Calistoga at the foot of the Palisades Mountains in Napa Valley. It is a magical setting, with soils consisting of volcanic ash, flecks of shale, obsidian glass, gravels of many colors and even some ancient river valley silt. It’s quite complex in composition and provides for a wine that interprets every nuance of this fabled terroir. Notes of plum, herbal tar, coffee and black cherry meet an exciting mouthfeel of fresh black plums, tart red fruits, barrel toffee and even a touch of espresso. It will have you waxing poetic with every sip. Aged in 60% new French oak for 22 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Again, just 75 cases produced. - Kirk Venge