Macdonald

Macdonald

Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

12 hour decant… as good as it gets — 15 days ago

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Sean Smith

Sean Smith

Trying to exercise restraint on mine, but this may change my mind…

Robert Mondavi Winery

The Reserve To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

pure Napa joy. This has some legendary MacDonald To Kalon fruit in it (5-20%). — 2 years ago

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Detert Family Vineyards

Oakville Cabernet Franc 2004

Oakville proper. Bang next to Macdonald..... — 2 years ago

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Rob Brobst III

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@Shay A @Eric S yes my bad. Tom not Bob. This is what happens when you drink a whole bottle of your wine by yourself. You forget their names ha ha LOL
Eric

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@Rob Brobst III lol and I will take you up on that. My email is shankserc@gmail.com. No rush.
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Soooo want too

Bevan Cellars

Tench Vineyard EE Red Blend 2015

Shay A
9.5

Heck of a hosting by @Weston Eidson last night for the City Club wine group. All wines were tasted blind.

When tasting next to the MacDonald, it was incredible how much more ripe fruit was present here. I mean, straight up oozing blackberries and blueberries. I pondered if there could even be Malbec in this based on how inky and juicy it was at the core. I went back and forth between calling this Australian Cabernet or Howell Mountain Zinfandel. There was Andes mint and fig with a rich finish. I had the ‘16 during my visit earlier this year and found it to have a touch more savory notes.
— 3 years ago

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Blankiet Estate

Paradise Hills Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Blankiet Estate tasting...wonderful restrained Napa style wines... Graeme Macdonald (Macdonald vineyards) winemaker since 2016. Julian was a knowledgeable terrific host.

2019 prince of heart rose
2019 prince of heart red wine
2016 Rive Droite Merlot blend
2015 proprietary red cab blend
2018 Mythicvs cab sauvignon
2014 Rive Droite merlot blend
Prince of Hearts port wine
#7
Prince of Hearts port wine
#5
— 5 months ago

Brenda Terzich-Garland
with Brenda
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Was told last year when I tried to schedule a visit they charge everyone an “experience” fee, which is non-refundable, and is charged regardless of how much wine is purchased…I passed. Too bad, I enjoy their wines.
Tom Garland

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@Shay A I have more recently been selecting wineries offering food&wine combo pairings for visits, so not expecting a refund.....though, this one was basically just a tasting (included a small meat/cheese plate) and yes there was no tasting fee discount for the wines I purchased.

K Vintners

The Hidden Northridge Vineyard Syrah 2014

Shay A
9.3

Last week’s virtual comparative lineup of 2016 MacDonald vs 2016 Schrader RBS was so much fun, we decided to do another theme. This time, it was WA/OR Syrahs.

The lineup featured: 2014 Force Majuere Estate Syrah, 2014 KVintners The Hidden Syrah, 2014 Cayuse Cailloux and 2012 Cayuse En Cerise. All wines received about 5hrs of air.

The KVintners was my contribution and was poured second (after the Force Majuere and before the 2012 Cayuse En Cerise) and I think it was the perfect order. The profile of this wine was more elegant and floral than I expected, and certainly less funk driven. Aromatically, it was dominated by potpourri, lavender, herbs de Provence, stemmy blackberries and only a hint of smoked meats. Compared to the others, this gained the most heft as it opened. It continued the floral trait on the palate while adding sweet and dark fruit crusted with black peppercorns, charcoal smoked brisket and good mineral nuances. If opening now, give it a good decant and it will be ready, otherwise, I’d hold another few years. Tannins are still prominent. Great wine representing the region well, and a nice bridge between Paso Syrah (charcoal, big fruit) and WA/OR border Syrah (funky, stemmy, slightly green).
— 2 years ago

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joe leatherwood

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All four wines showed well. I agree, your wine added weight and depth in the glass. It was fun, if we keep going may get good at the logistics of remote tasting!

Weingut Nik Weis

St. Urbans-Hof Saar Riesling 2016

Popped this after a recent discussion with @Ian Macdonald comparing notes on St. Urbans-Hof. A needed check in of the 2016 vintage in the Mosel as well. A daily drinking pick-up from my last trip to Bottle Barn (Santa Rosa, CA).
8.5% abv
A.P. = 3 529 290 14 17
— 4 years ago

Vision Cellars

Pinot Noir 2018

Hey, Delectable— this is the Visions 2018 North Coast Pinot, but the ID wasn’t available.

Unabashedly ripe and warm, but with a distinctive umami flavor (hoisin sauce?) that I’m really digging. Black cherry, black plum and even blue fruit on the nose and palette. Lovely satiny texture. Medium + finish.

Hedonistic in the way you’d expect from a winemaker mentored by the Wagners, but the suppleness and umami notes make this wine stand out in a sea of north coast Pinot Noir, and the absence of new oak lets the fruit do the taking. Perfect with chicken lettuce wraps and haricot verts smothered in Madeira mushroom cream sauce.

Owner/founder, Mac Macdonald, has been making his own California Pinot Noir for more than 25 vintages now and it shows. Side note: he’s also one of the better story tellers in the biz.

Initially sampled as part of a tasting with the
#AAAV (Association of African American Vintners) and took the bottle home.
— a year ago

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Eric

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Looks like I need to get one of these to try!

Boyle Macdonald

Calaveras County Sangiovese Bianco 2019

This is the sangiovese bianco white wine. Citrus, pear. Very refreshing. — 2 years ago

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Realm Cellars

Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Shay A
9.6

A few wines from last week’s 4th Friday event!

The sheer opulence of this is astounding. Obviously young, this was actually my first Realm BTK courtesy of
@Keith Fisher . When thinking back to the last stunning 2016 BTK I had (MacDonald), where the MacDonald is more dusty, slightly more herbal and full of tightly coiled BTK power, this was an embarrassment of rich dark fruits, baking spices and sporting a creme de cassis like profile. Classic To Kalon power, with so much to unpack. Thank you, Keith!
— 2 years ago

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@Bryan Kesting : It was, but it was so much more flavor packed at pop and pour than I expected. If you’ve got multiple, open one to enjoy as an experiment. But if you’ve only got one, definitely hold for at least 5yrs.
Joshua Fisher

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How was your napa valley trip?
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@Joshua Fisher : It was fantastic! Wonderful stops and great weather. I’ll be popping the Brasswood chard you gave me tomorrow night for a monthly wine group I’m in. Theme is Chardonnay.