Macauley Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013
January 14th, 2013
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color as well as a glorious nose of blackberries, creme de cassis, licorice, gun flint and a touch of acacia flowers. Rich with nicely integrated oak, plenty of structure and tannin, much of which is concealed by the extravagant fruit quality, this beauty should age handsomely for 10-15+ years. Tokalon is always an experience. You can be intimate with this wine as the winemaker and still be impressed by the changes you experience after 14 months of ageing. The volume of vanillin aroma in the 2010 is something I've not witnessed in a ling time. The use of oak curves the direct black cherry and blackberry fruit that follows up the glass. Not being what I was ready to expect in the first attempt, the generosity of aromatics would continue to pour out as time and the diminishing volume of wine allowed. On the palate the sensations were grand. The wine is powerful but not to the obscene. It needs time to peak but today it shows off with flavors of black fruit and a savory and mineral side of cured game, tobacco wrapper and a coffee like acidity. The tannins are strapping and create an incredible backbone that could seemingly lift 1,000 pounds if you put it to the test of a juicy rib roast or elk steaks. I'm enjoying what this wine is doing now but cannot wait for the day it turns 10 and then again to see progress it in the 20th and 30th year! This is Tokalon and it can do that!