Macauley Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label
Macauley Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Front Label

Macauley Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Winemaker Notes

As winemaker Kirk Venge suggests, this is the "Mac-Daddy" of them all. The nose is pushy and fragrant as it wafts from the glass; notes of ripe strawberry preserve, rhubarb, crushed herbs, hints of Marmite and a touch of espresso make this one special, and worth every penny of the 100% new French oak used to age it. The mouthfeel is always what captivates with To Kalon. Finishing out for over 1.5 minutes after the taste, this is a keeper: It should be a 15 to 20 year wine.

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WS 94
Wine Spectator
Broad, rich and expansive, centered on a dark-colored core of blackberry, licorice, savory herb and underbrush notes, accented by spicy, toasty oak flavors and gaining depth and complexity as this extends on the finish. Drink now through 2032.
RP 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard shows much richer fruit than the Cabernet Franc, but again has wonderful sweet tannin, low acidity and pure creme de cassis and blackberry fruit. It’s not one of the great Beckstoffer To Kalons, at least not yet, but certainly powerful and rich. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
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Macauley, California
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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, Ric Forman.

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 2001.

Mac and Kirk have 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.

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Home to some of the most sought-after Cabernet Sauvignon in America, Napa Valley’s Oakville district stretches across the center of Napa's valley floor and foothills between the Vaca and Mayacamas Mountains. This AVA is home to the legendary To Kalon Vineyard and Martha's Vineyard, as well as many powerhouse wineries including Screaming Eagle, Silver Oak, Robert Mondavi, Opus One, Far Niente and Groth.

The climate is generally warm and agreeable, resulting in year after year of favorable vintages. Summer days see a gentle tug of war between warmer inland air and the cool air coming in from the San Pablo Bay, creating an ideal environment to grow red varieties. Oakville's diverse soils, namely ancient sea bedrock, clay and gravel, are well-drained, and perfect for high-caliber viticulture.

Cabernet here is often bottled varietally but is also popular in Bordeaux Blends. Oakville wines are known for their silky, sensual textures, structured tannins, dark and brooding fruit and lovely aromatics. These age-worthy and prestigious wines are favored by collectors throughout the world.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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