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Macauley 2017 Old Vines Zinfandel, Napa Valley

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An outstanding new Zinfandel discovery from Macauley and winemaker Kirk Venge.  Only 375 cases produced.

previous vintage 94 Points Robert Parker: "
A top-flight effort, the Macauley Zinfandel Old Vine, 88% Zinfandel and 12% Petite Sirah, is a sumptuous, rich, concentrated wine coming from old vines planted in 1904, 1899 and some in the mid-60s. Dense ruby purple with loads of black raspberry and black cherry fruit, an unctuous texture, full-bodied finish, and hefty alcohol at 15.8%, make for a blockbuster Zinfandel to drink over the next 7-8 years...

...If I’m not mistaken, Kirk Venge, the son of Nils Venge, is the consulting winemaker for Macauley, and if so, he has clearly turned in an all-star, world-class performance. His father made the first 100-point Napa Valley wine, the 1985 Groth Reserve, but I think the son has taken up his father’s skill set and now is beginning to build on it. The Macauley Vineyard wines look to be the finest wines they have made to date, so get on board."

a lush Zin that offers subtle white pepper with flavors of red berry and sweet vanilla. Highly recommend - See more at: http://www.deandeluca.com/wine/red/zinfandel/macauley-old-vine-napa-valley-zinfandel-2010/#sthash.FYPgZ7uG.dpuf
a lush Zin that offers subtle white pepper with flavors of red berry and sweet vanilla. Highly recommend - See more at: http://www.deandeluca.com/wine/red/zinfandel/macauley-old-vine-napa-valley-zinfandel-2010/#sthash.FYPgZ7uG.dpuf
a lush Zin that offers subtle white pepper with flavors of red berry and sweet vanilla. Highly recommend - See more at: http://www.deandeluca.com/wine/red/zinfandel/macauley-old-vine-napa-valley-zinfandel-2010/#sthash.FYPgZ7uG.dpuf

Winemaker Notes:  "This is perhaps the smoothest, silkiest and most seductive tasting Zinfandel I’ve ever made. I would strive to produce this exact bottling every year were it so easily done. The color is an amazing and dark garnet followed by richness and ripeness found in Zins that come only ever so often. The aromatics are well stacked in the glass beginning with sweet red fruit and flowed by barrel vanillin and sweet cocoa. Lastly the typical Zin white pepper and spice finds its place in the furthermost layers of the nose. Moving from the aromatics to the first taste, getting to enjoy this wine is a much anticipated event. The flavors are a pleasant twist of blackberry, vanilla, cassis and sweet density from old vine age supported by the oak. Tannin and acid are interlaced as well offering plenty for this rich Zinfandel to support itself upon. The overall is a polished and pleasing wine that rides the fine line of ripeness with textured mouthfeel and finish that satisfies for over 45 seconds after the first taste. I would anticipate this wine drinking well from inception to 2020 and well beyond."





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