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2018 MACAULEY 'Old Vine' Zinfandel, Napa Valley

The 2018 Macauley Old Vine Zinfandel comes from two historic Napa Valley properties, Luvisi Vineyard and Korte Ranch, whose century-old legends add a unique dimension to every bottle opened or stored in your cellar.

Now in its 19th vintage, the unfiltered and unrefined Macauley Old Vine Zinfandel greets you with a bouquet of gorgeous, black fruit from plants that have learned the lessons of a century of summers. Beginning boldly, and then blowing off with notes of cherry chapstick, dried rose and rainy-day clay, the 2018 edition has an intriguing palate and a well-crafted structure. A restrained regimen of 40% new Virginia oak sands down any edges with a handsome aroma of Christmas spice and forest essences.

 

 

 

 

 

2018 MACAULEY Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay

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