2015 MacDonald Vineyards

Cabernet Sauvignon

America / California / Napa Valley / Oakville

$745
JD 99
RP 97
V 96
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2015 MacDonald Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, USA

MACDONALD is a partnership between brothers and fourth-generation Napa Valley grape growers, Graeme and Alex MacDonald. Graeme handles the winemaking and vineyard management while Alex is in charge of the business side.

Place:

The property is located within the historic To-Kalon Vineyard, a portion of which was purchased by our family in 1954, who planted the first vines on the property since prohibition.

The vineyard is 15 acres, planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon with vines aged 70 years (the original vines planted by our great-grandparents), 50 years (our grandparent’s block) and 30 years old vines planted by Robert Mondavi. Our family has preserved some of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in the Napa Valley.

Located on the apex of a geologic feature called an alluvial fan, the subsoil consists of >90% gravel by volume making it the rockiest site in To-Kalon. The layered gravels create wines of characteristic power, richness and longevity.

We manage the vineyard ourselves with the care and attention to detail taught to us by our grandfather.

Wine:

We began experimenting to develop a unique winemaking style following the sale of the Robert Mondavi Winery in 2004. Our inaugural release of MACDONALD was the 2010 vintage (released in 2013).

We focus on making one wine composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from our 70, 50 and 30 years old vines.

Wine characteristics: Classically styled with black cherry, crème de cassis, black olive, lavender, graphite, pencil shavings, bittersweet chocolate, purity, freshness and balance with fine noble tannins and natural intensity.

Approximately 500 cases produced. We produce only the amount of wine we can make with our own hands.

JD 99

Jeb Dunnuck

There are two monumental wines from these two brothers. Looking first at the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, this beauty does everything right, and if it wasn’t for the 2016, I’d probably have thought it was a perfect wine. Sporting a deep purple color as well as a powerful bouquet of gorgeous crème de cassis and black raspberry fruits intermixed with subtle new oak, camphor, and chocolate, this majestic 2015 hits the palate with full-bodied richness and depth, a layered, multi-dimensional texture, and loads of sweet tannins. It shows the exuberant, sexy style of the 2015 vintage yet is always balanced, pure, and even elegant. It’s going to continue drinking brilliantly for another three decades and readers should count themselves lucky if they have some of this elixir in their cellar. Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Issue date: January 2019. Drinking window: 2021 - 2051.
RP 97

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

(Rating 97+). Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon leaps from the glass with exuberant wild blueberry, black plums and cassis scents backed up by suggestions of mocha, tilled soil, menthol, smoked meats, yeast extract and star anise. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with layers of black and blue fruits and an amazing array of spicy sparks, supported by a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing long and minerally. 345 cases were produced. Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue date: June 2018. Drinking window: 2020 - 2042.
V 96

Vinous

(Rating 96+). MacDonald's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is simply gorgeous. Rich, sumptuous and beautifully layered, MacDonald's 2015 is one of the wines of the vintage. Even with all of its natural intensity and exuberance, the 2015 retains terrific freshness and lift. Silky tannins and generous inky red/purplish To Kalon fruit give the 2015 much of its undeniable appeal. Simply put, the 2015 is a wine with tremendous potential, especially if it gains volume in bottle, as I think it will. The 2015 will be virtually impossible to resist in its youth, but readers who can put a few bottles away will be thrilled. This is a very restrained and elegant wine within the context of both the vintage and To Kalon. In 2015, the MacDonald brothers left as much leaf cover as they could in the vineyard in order to protect the fruit as much as possible. Reviewed by Antonio Galloni, Issue date: November 2017. Drinking window: 2023 - 2040.

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FREE WINE STORAGE: We provide FREE 6 Months wine cellar storage from date of purchase. Please choose this option at checkout and we will coordinate shipping for a later date.

SHIPPING: During warm summer weather, we recommend to only ship within the United States with Same Day or Next Day Air service to protect the wines from environmental damage. If you would like to waive this protection by shipping Ground, we will request a waiver be signed.

PACKAGING: Our premium wines need optimal temperature consistency, therefore are packaged in EPS foam shippers with gel pack (when needed) and shipped only during ideal weather temperatures.

For OWC (Original Wooden Case) orders, wine bottles will be removed from case and shipped inside a foam shipper box for safety (unless otherwise requested). The wooden case will be shipped separately at Ground service. If faster service is necessary please contact us.

WEATHER HOLD: In adverse temperature conditions, we reserve the right to withhold shipment until ideal temperatures return unless we receive explicit instructions via email to release the wines, voiding any guarantee. We will contact you if a hold is necessary.

FULFILLMENT: Shipments are via UPS.

  • Orders received Monday - Thursday before 2:00 p.m. will typically ship the same day.
  • Orders received Thursday 2:00 p.m. ~ Sunday will ship on Monday.

DELIVERY:

  • Same Day service within Los Angeles Metro area may be available if order is placed before noon, but not guaranteed. Please contact us directly at (626)714-7006 to facilitate expedited service.
  • During extreme temperatures, all shipments are recommended for Next Day Air.

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  • CRITICAL REVIEWS
  • WINEMAKER NOTES
JD 99

Jeb Dunnuck

There are two monumental wines from these two brothers. Looking first at the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, this beauty does everything right, and if it wasn’t for the 2016, I’d probably have thought it was a perfect wine. Sporting a deep purple color as well as a powerful bouquet of gorgeous crème de cassis and black raspberry fruits intermixed with subtle new oak, camphor, and chocolate, this majestic 2015 hits the palate with full-bodied richness and depth, a layered, multi-dimensional texture, and loads of sweet tannins. It shows the exuberant, sexy style of the 2015 vintage yet is always balanced, pure, and even elegant. It’s going to continue drinking brilliantly for another three decades and readers should count themselves lucky if they have some of this elixir in their cellar. Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck, Issue date: January 2019. Drinking window: 2021 - 2051.
RP 97

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

(Rating 97+). Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon leaps from the glass with exuberant wild blueberry, black plums and cassis scents backed up by suggestions of mocha, tilled soil, menthol, smoked meats, yeast extract and star anise. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with layers of black and blue fruits and an amazing array of spicy sparks, supported by a firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing long and minerally. 345 cases were produced. Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue date: June 2018. Drinking window: 2020 - 2042.
V 96

Vinous

(Rating 96+). MacDonald's 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is simply gorgeous. Rich, sumptuous and beautifully layered, MacDonald's 2015 is one of the wines of the vintage. Even with all of its natural intensity and exuberance, the 2015 retains terrific freshness and lift. Silky tannins and generous inky red/purplish To Kalon fruit give the 2015 much of its undeniable appeal. Simply put, the 2015 is a wine with tremendous potential, especially if it gains volume in bottle, as I think it will. The 2015 will be virtually impossible to resist in its youth, but readers who can put a few bottles away will be thrilled. This is a very restrained and elegant wine within the context of both the vintage and To Kalon. In 2015, the MacDonald brothers left as much leaf cover as they could in the vineyard in order to protect the fruit as much as possible. Reviewed by Antonio Galloni, Issue date: November 2017. Drinking window: 2023 - 2040.

2015 MacDonald Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, USA

MACDONALD is a partnership between brothers and fourth-generation Napa Valley grape growers, Graeme and Alex MacDonald. Graeme handles the winemaking and vineyard management while Alex is in charge of the business side.

Place:

The property is located within the historic To-Kalon Vineyard, a portion of which was purchased by our family in 1954, who planted the first vines on the property since prohibition.

The vineyard is 15 acres, planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon with vines aged 70 years (the original vines planted by our great-grandparents), 50 years (our grandparent’s block) and 30 years old vines planted by Robert Mondavi. Our family has preserved some of the oldest Cabernet Sauvignon plantings in the Napa Valley.

Located on the apex of a geologic feature called an alluvial fan, the subsoil consists of >90% gravel by volume making it the rockiest site in To-Kalon. The layered gravels create wines of characteristic power, richness and longevity.

We manage the vineyard ourselves with the care and attention to detail taught to us by our grandfather.

Wine:

We began experimenting to develop a unique winemaking style following the sale of the Robert Mondavi Winery in 2004. Our inaugural release of MACDONALD was the 2010 vintage (released in 2013).

We focus on making one wine composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from our 70, 50 and 30 years old vines.

Wine characteristics: Classically styled with black cherry, crème de cassis, black olive, lavender, graphite, pencil shavings, bittersweet chocolate, purity, freshness and balance with fine noble tannins and natural intensity.

Approximately 500 cases produced. We produce only the amount of wine we can make with our own hands.

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