Macauley "Old Vine"Zinfandel Napa Valley 2013
West side region of Paso Robles
Aged for 18 months in 70% new French oak (Tarransaud and Saury) and 30% neutral French oak (total12 barrels)
Exhibits flavors of dark chocolate, black licorice and smoked meats with typical Northern Rhone aromas of exotic spices, white pepper and delicious smoked meats It is a dense wine that will pair extraordinarily well with your mesquite-grilled steaks and rich cheeses Along the same lines, the 2010 Westside (same blend as the 2011 yet with a touch less new oak) is slightly richer and more plush, with notions of cassis, black raspberry, tobacco smoke and chocolate giving way to a full-bodied, decadent Syrah that has silky tannin and no hard edges. Enjoy it through 2018. Drink now-2018. These two full-throttle efforts are made by Guillaume Fabre (of L’Aventure and Clos Solene) and come from a variety of west Paso vineyards (primarily Russell Family). They’re not cheap, but if you’re in the mood for a full-bodied, gorgeously textured Syrah, few do it better. "A wine with balance and personality with spice and chocolate and meat. Full and rich with plenty of fruit and a flavorful finish. Plenty going on in the glass here. Buy it. John Schwartz, owner of Amuse Bouche Winery in Napa Valley, and Chef Bryan Ogden. Delicious now."