Macauley Cabernet Sauvignon is now known as one of the best and highest rated Napa Valley Caberet Sauvignon with a recent rating of 96 Points. Macauley Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 has a deep purple color that acts as an immediate attractant to this well extracted Cabernet Sauvignon. Fumy cherry chocolate and blackberry preserves pile up the aromatics. Nuances of barrel spices and lactones hide beneath the generous fruit layers. There is an overabundance of ripe black cherry fruit that drills its way through the palate from the entry to finish. The acid is firm but well balanced by the unfined and coating tannins. This eclectic Cabernet Sauvignon red wine is as ripe in the nose as in the mouth. One can count to 30 as the flavors linger on your palate. Very few cases produced. The vineyard sources are 40% Beckstoffer To Kalon and 60% Star Rutherford. Drink today through 2020. Only 185 cases produced.
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The MACAULEY VINEYARD label was originally established in St. Helena in the early 1980s by Ann Macauley Watson and for several years produced a very well received late harvest Sauvignon Blanc with help from renowned winemaker, Rick Forman. The Macauley Vineyard has one goal, to source the highest quality fruit in Napa Valley and make wines of extraordinary depth and personality. The grapes they choose showcase the terroir of the vineyards and create a remarkable wine-drinking experience. In the late summer of 2000, Ann's son Mac went to work for Rudd Estate in Oakville. After several months of winery work and education he was inspired to revive the family label, and, working with winemaker and childhood friend Kirk Venge, crushed his first grapes in October of 2001.
The grapes they choose showcase the terroir of the vineyards and create a remarkable wine-drinking experience.
RATINGS: Macauley Cabernet Sauvignon wines have been recently discovered by wine critics and publications. Due to very small amounts produced of the 2002, the wines were not submitted to rating competitions. Ratings have been by those critics that have searched for the wine.
91.5 Points - Celltracker
"Subtle nose of sweet red fruits, wet stone and forest floor. Flavors are forward and abundant with currant, spiced plum, red cherry and spice. Medium-full bodied with excellent structure and concentration. Finish is dense with fine, grainy tannins and black fruit. Nicely done. I remember the 01 version of this being very good too, but this was a slight step up. Drink or hold. 91+ pts"
The Macauley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 was recently awarded 96 Points by Wine Spectator.
"A seductive style, with amazing purity of flavor. Shows rich, elegant, supple currant and black cherry fruit shaded by jazzy mocha-infused oak, keeping hold on a tight focus. With a second sip, the depth becomes more apparent. Has impeccable balance, with a long, intense, persistent finish. Best from 2009 through 2020. 185 cases made."
Winemaker Kirk Venge
Vineyards 60% Star, 40% Beckstoffer To Kalon
Barrels 100% French Oak, 75% new