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2019 MACAULEY Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

This wine exudes all the extraordinary personalities of a Burgundy white in an unmistakably continental fashion. It breathes subtle perfumes of candle wax, powdered sugar, white flowers, along with a hint of honey and citrus. But it really shows its old world character in its precious notes of matchbook, wet stone, and just a sliver of French oak from the one single new oak barrel procured from the Nadalié cooperage in France each year. The 2019 is a genuinely sophisticated wine showcasing savory and zest fruit qualities and probably the most age-worthy attempt we have ever produced. Even with full malolactic fermentation, and then aged 11 months in equal treatments of concrete, oak and stainless steel, you’ll pick up not a trace of the butter, nor the vanilla, that you would expect from a typical Sonoma Chardonnay. Finally, in keeping with its Old World roots, the acidity here is just electrifying, a stunningly bright expression for California, hailing from the historic Bacigalupi vineyards. 294 cases produced. -Kirk Venge

 

 

 

 

2018 MACAULEY Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2018 vintage will prove to be a great one for all things Macauley Vineyard, beginning with this, our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon release. Yields and balance were the watchwords of the season. We thinned the grapes on multiple passes through the vineyards to ensure the vines concentrated their energy into quality rather than quantity. The 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon starts with a hedonistic mix of black licorice, dried cherry, field spices, herbs, and even a taste of grilled game. With time in the glass, the dominant, savory notes make way for dark chocolate, cola berry and espresso dust, courtesy of 22 months in 75% new French Oak. Glycerol coats the mid palate before it meets firm, youthful tannins. At 89%, the Cabernet is sourced from the most prestigious Oakville, Rutherford and Oak Knoll vines.  Rounding out the blend for shape, color, longevity and balance is 4% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot.  Enjoy it now or to 2040 and beyond. 600 cases produced. -Krik Venge

 

 

 

 

 

2017 MACAULEY Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville

Always one of our most anticipated releases, this vintage of the Macauley Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon was born of select yields of the highest-quality fruit, grown in the exclusive vineyard blocks of Oakville. It greets you with a bouquet of currant, clove and dried rose, along with very typical hints of dark chocolate espresso roast and Oakville black olive. With good tannic structure and a carefully finessed acidity, this vintage of our To Kalon delivers the color, weight, and balance you would expect from this famed vineyard. Aged in 100% Taransaud and Darnajou French Oak barriques, the palate leads off with dried herbs and dried cherries, followed by a heavenly rush of cassis and a flood of raspberry tart.  Decanting for a few hours will only sharpen these hard-earned aromas. Unfiltered and unfined, as always.  225 cases produced. -Kirk Venge