100% Cabernet Sauvignon
August 24th, 2011
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon emerges from the glass with plums, black cherries, tar and sweet spices. It is a big, muscular wine loaded with more than enough fruit to fill out its structured, muscular frame. Powerful tannins frame the long, insistent finish. This is yet another fabulous wine from Macauley. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. The 2009 offering of Napa Valley Cabernet from Macauley is as smooth and polished as I've ever made before. In the nose the presence of soft barrel vanillin, warm black cherry and a little spice box. Once in your mouth, this wine is swinrling roller coaster ride of milk chocolate and caramel with a little dash of espresso supported by layers of generous black fruit riding on the rails of youthful tannnin and moderate acidity. ?As the wine opens up over time more red fruit fumes rise from the glass and the young texture improves. The overall nature of this wine si very polished and approachable and will certainly give its owner pleasure for a decade or longer to come.