2013 Macdonald Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1282964 100 points Decanter

 A brooding bouquet of fragrant black cherry, bitter chocolate and rich soil tones is followed on the palate by a layered, three-dimensional wine of massive proportions. While this is an undeniably ripe Cabernet Sauvignon, both new oak and alcohol are nicely integrated by the richly savoury tannins of the vintage. 2013 was the first year when Graeme MacDonald had control over the farming of his family's parcel of the historic To Kalon vineyard, one of Napa Valley's greatest terroirs, which he cultivates organically. Drinking Window 2023-2065. (MK)  (5/2016)

97 points Vinous

 What a pure pleasure it is to revisit the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon. Even though the 2013 is hard as nails, its pedigree and potential are both amply evident. Huge beams of tannin support a core of huge, inky fruit. Towering and completely enveloping in all of its dimensions, the 2013 won't be ready to drink for many years. Those lucky enough to own it can look forward to several decades of exceptional drinking. (AG) 97+  (12/2016)

K&L Notes

According to the winery release letter: "MacDonald is a collaboration between brothers Alex and Graeme MacDonald whose family roots in Napa go back to 1954. Made exclusively from hand-tended and harvested fruit grown on the fifteen acre MacDonald family Oakville estate in the core of the fabled To Kalon Vineyard, including several blocks comprised of vines that are contenders for being the oldest commercially producing Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in Napa (60 years old). 227 Cases (9 barrels) produced, 100% allocated to mailing list. macdonaldvineyards.com

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.