Region: Napa Valley, California
A masculine wine from the first glimpse of the bottle, the follow up does not disappoint. It opens with aromas of plums, blackberries, tobacco and sweet spices. A big, muscular palate loaded with more than enough fruit to ﬁll out its structure, the taste also shows dark chocolate and other barrel influenced flavors which helps define its muscular frame. Powerful tannins frame the long, insistent ﬁnish.
“This small estate’s production is limited, but these wines merit attention…”
Grapes100% Cabernet Sauvignon
RegionNapa Valley, CA
AgeabilityThis wine will improve over the next 4 to 5 years and will evolve beautifully if cellared correctly until 2022 or longer. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
Macauley Vineyard carefully hand-selects the grapes for their wine and boast two exclusive and unique properties, To Kalon and Star Vineyards.
To Kalon, originally planted in 1868, provides grapes for some of the Napa Valley’s most sought after wines including Harlan Estate, Bacio Divino, Carter Cellars, Schrader Cellars, Paul Hobbs Wines and Macauley Vineyards. To Kalon is Greek for “highest quality” or “greatest beauty”. The vineyard sits at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain Range in the Oakville AVA and is managed by the famed Andy Beckstoffer whose passion for growing the best grapes possible is legendary in the Napa Valley.
Star Vineyards grows in the heart of the Rutherford appellation. The vines get wonderful sun exposure and sink their roots into deep, well drained alluvial soils. This is one of the valley’s most celebrated spots for grape growing. The vines of Star Vineyard have produced consistently delightful wines, including Forman Vineyard, El Molino Winery and St. Clement Vineyards. The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the most historic, most long running Star Vineyards block, which is managed by David Abreu, one of the most sought after vineyard consultants in California.
- 93 points – “Cellar Selection” Wine Enthusiast
- 92 points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate