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Macauley Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California
ALERT: You are receiving a rare opportunity to purchase Macauley Vineyards’ Cabernet Sauvignon. It is sold only through the winery and has NEVER been discounted. Contributions to charity at this “giving” time of year was their inspiration. Enjoy!
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…” – Robert Parker, Jr.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
This 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.
Awards and Accolades:
93 points – “Cellar Selection” Wine Enthusiast
92 points – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
About the Vineyards:
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.
About the Winemaker:
It was through great vision from the patriarch of the Venge family, Nils Venge, that the family’s viticultural roots flourished in 1976. The purchase of a 17-acre vineyard in the Oakville District that was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot brought with it positive attention and praise from the wine community. This fortunate development cast the family among the winemaking pioneers of Napa Valley.
Nils’ son, Kirk Venge, gravitated to winemaking at an early age. He proved to be as talented a winemaker as his father, making wines in his own style, with a vision to build his own legacy in the valley. In 2008, Kirk achieved his lifelong dream and acquired full ownership of Venge Vineyards from his family, continuing the Napa Valley heritage. Kirk was thrilled to jump on board as Winemaker for Macauley Vineyard when childhood friend, Mac Watson, announced he was reviving his own family wine business.