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2019 MACAULEY Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

This silky Cab is exactly what you'd expect from a legendary terroir such as Beckstoffer, and in such an ideal growing season.  It’s a quintessential Oakville expression that shows a nose of bright cherry, subtle currant expressions, light suggestions of leather, and hints of tobacco that all around produce a California classic, coming from the most exclusive fruit in the valley.  The 2019 season here was a winemaker’s dream, resulting in well-behaved wines made with a totally hands-off approach.   

The palate affords you a note of fresh blackberry, and the sort of robust and chewy swirl of herbal, oak-laced vanilla on the finish that begs you to pair it with a wood-fired steak on a summer day.  The tannins are youthful and absolutely gorgeous. The acidity is timed just right to carry out these flavors over a full minute!

This 100% Cabernet is drinking beautifully today and will continue for 20 years to come in a proper cellar.  It is aged 28 months in 100% new French oak barrels, bottled unfiltered and unfined. 225 cases produced. Kirk Venge- Winemaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020 MACAULEY Napa Valley Caberent Sauvignon

From the start, perfumes of ripe red cherry and vanillin roll up from the glass of this 2020 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.

As the wine clings to the crystal and begins to open up with each swirl, more sophisticated notes of dried currant, cavendish tobacco, light herbs and chocolate emerge. They gradually evolve. The mouthfeel is one of cherry, clove, vanilla, and chocolate sensations, all wrapped in a smooth, velvety texture. It's absolutely splendid!

This wine is based on a very small, yet premium harvest of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Gianone Vineyard in Oakville, 9% Merlot from Kenefick Vineyard in Calistoga and 9% Malbec from Destin Vineyard in (Oakville Oak Knoll). Aged in 60% new French oak barrels for 22 months, this is a 15-to-20-year wine. 140 cases produced. Kirk Venge- Winemaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2021 MACAULEY Bacigalupi Vineayrd Chardonnay, Russian River Valley

The Russian River sun shined brightly on the vineyards of Baccigalupi in 2021.

This finesse-driven Chardonnay, fermented and matured in a trio of stainless steel, concrete and French Oak barriques, shows a young and playful bouquet of pear, melon, marzipan, and a touch of burnt sugar and crème brûlée on the nose.  A bit further, and you’ll find some light, flinty notes of struck stone, foreshadowing the important aging effect that is to come. The mouth has a lovely and welcoming glycerol glide to the tip of the tongue upon entry. Bright rays of citrus acidity draw you into the tangerine and peach notes. The intriguing harmony will only build in the coming months and years that lie ahead. With an ideal timeframe to consume in the 3-5 year, it still should be drinking well in 10 years. 291 cases produced. Kirk Venge- Winemaker