96 points

Macauley 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

A stunningly good Cabernet. Just dazzling in sheer delicious fruit, yet wonderfully structured. So smooth and velvety, flooding the mouth with layers of blackberries, black cherries, cassis, chocolate, mint, spice and toast. The tannins are thrilling, being firm and soft at the same time. The vineyard sourcing was…

 — S.H.   Published 6/1/2011
96 points

Macauley 2007 Special Selected Late Harvest Botrytis Sémillon (Alexander Valley)

This is one of the best dessert wines available from California. It’s dazzlingly rich and sweet in orange jam, apricot, honey, buttered cinnamon toast and créme brûlée flavors. The intense sweetness is perfectly balanced with crisp acidity, and the wine despite its sweetness accomplishes the miracle of finishing dry…

 — S.H.   Published 6/1/2011
93 points

Macauley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

The question with this dramatic Cabernet is: How will it age? It’s a big wine, dry and impressively rich in blackberry, black currant, dark chocolate and crème de cassis. It’s also tannic, and the considerable new oak hasn’t fully integrated yet. If you have a good cellar, stash it away until 2015.

 — S.H.   Published 12/1/2012
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93 points

Macauley 2009 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

There’s a very fine wine lurking inside this bottle, but right now, everything’s disjointed. There are big tannins over here, oak over there, and sandwiched in between are huge, intense flavors of blackberry, blueberry and cassis liqueur. It’s nowhere near ready, but there’s no reason why this dramatic young wine…

 — S.H.   Published 12/1/2012
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93 points

Macauley 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

Although it’s soft, it shows enough structure to support exceptionally ripe blackberry, black currant and spice flavors, with richness added by a heady note of liqueur. The tannins are substantial, and the wine is already throwing some sediment. Very nice now, and it should develop bottle nuance over the next 6–8 years.

 — S.H.   Published 12/1/2012
91 points

Macauley 2009 Old Vines Zinfandel (Napa Valley)

Extraordinarily rich and heady, this has gigantic cherry and raspberry jam flavors. So sweet and pure, it tastes like the essence of Zinfandel, but at the last moment acidity and tannins emerge, bringing necessary structure. Drink now.

 — S.H.   Published 12/1/2012