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2015 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon

ITEM 8065257 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased direct from winery

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$485
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I8065257 1 $505 Jan 16, 2022
I8023531 2 $560 Dec 19, 2021
I8002950 1 $480 Nov 21, 2021
I7957672 1 $440 Sep 19, 2021
I7906244 1 $440 Aug 1, 2021
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RATINGS

99Jeb Dunnuck

...Sporting a deep purple color as well as a powerful bouquet of gorgeous crème de cassis and black raspberry fruits intermixed with subtle new oak, camphor, and chocolate, this majestic 2015 hits the palate with full-bodied richness and depth, a layered, multi-dimensional texture, and loads of sweet tannins. It shows the exuberant, sexy style of the 2015 vintage yet is always balanced, pure, and even elegant...

97+ The Wine Advocate

Exuberant wild blueberry, black plums and cassis scents...mocha, tilled soil, menthol, smoked meats, yeast extract and star anise. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed... black and blue fruits and an amazing array of spicy sparks

96+ Vinous / IWC

Simply gorgeous. Rich, sumptuous and beautifully layered...Silky tannins and generous inky red/purplish...This is a very restrained and elegant wine within the context of both the vintage

PRODUCER

MacDonald

MacDonald is a cult up-and-comer with family roots in Napa Valley that go back to 1954. If you’ve never heard of MacDonald, the waitlist is “impossible” and the case production is very limited. MacDonald is a collaboration between brothers Alex and Graeme MacDonald. And though the label is new – their debut vintage was a 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. The story begins when their great-grandparents bought a modest retirement property in Oakville that came with a vineyard called To-Kalon. After replanting the vineyard, the couple started selling grapes to Robert Mondavi, who used them first for his family’s Charles Krug wines, then for his own Robert Mondavi label. Today To-Kalon is considered one of the most outstanding terroirs in Napa Valley, and many of Napa’s most prestigious wines used grapes sourced from To-Kalon. The first vintages of MacDonald received highly complimentary reviews. Vinous wrote this about the 2010: in “this vintage, the first commercial release, brothers Alex and Graeme MacDonald made a wine that has no problem sitting alongside Napa Valley's long established stars. This is a fabulous showing.”

REGION

United States, California, Napa Valley, Oakville

Oakville AVA is one of the two or three most prestigious appellations in the United States. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, its 5,000 vineyard acres produce some of the world’s most acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon, including such California “cult” Cabs as Screaming Eagle and Harlan Estate. Before those boutique producers rose to fame in the 1990s, Oakville was already renowned as home to Robert Mondavi, Opus One and Groth Vineyards, among others. Along with the famous wineries, there are premier vineyards in this AVA, including Martha’s Vineyard and To Kalon Vineyard. To Kalon was first planted in 1868 by H.W. Crabb, one of California’s first viticultural researchers, and he named the vineyard after the ancient Greek phrase for “most beautiful.” Though many grapes can be successfully grown in Oakville, Cabernet Sauvignon is king. Merlot and Chardonnay are also frequently planted. Oakville Cabs are prized for their richness, complexity and weight. Oakville was designated as an AVA in 1993.

TYPE

Red Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.

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