Macdonald

Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

9.640 ratings
9.77 pro ratings
Oakville, Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Top Notes For
Shay A
9.7

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

My other Co-WOTN. For me, these wines are up there with the best in Napa. The history, the people and the wines are just top shelf. Loved our visit here earlier this year. Having had the ‘13, ‘14 and ‘16, this seems to be the most accessible and certainly more so than the ‘13. This was powerful the entire evening and the fruit stayed ripe and sweet covering the red, blue and black spectrum. Graphite, dark chocolate up front, but it did turn more elegant at the finish showing potpourri and baking spices. Sheer To Kalon power.

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

My other Co-WOTN. For me, these wines are up there with the best in Napa. The history, the people and the wines are just top shelf. Loved our visit here earlier this year. Having had the ‘13, ‘14 and ‘16, this seems to be the most accessible and certainly more so than the ‘13. This was powerful the entire evening and the fruit stayed ripe and sweet covering the red, blue and black spectrum. Graphite, dark chocolate up front, but it did turn more elegant at the finish showing potpourri and baking spices. Sheer To Kalon power.

Jun 22nd, 2019
Stephen Osgood

One of the most intensely concentrated Napa Cabs I have ever tasted. From the BEST parcel of To Kalon up against the hillside (Mondavi has been buying the family fruit for years). Gigantic old narled Cabernet vines....a true Napa treasure.

One of the most intensely concentrated Napa Cabs I have ever tasted. From the BEST parcel of To Kalon up against the hillside (Mondavi has been buying the family fruit for years). Gigantic old narled Cabernet vines....a true Napa treasure.

1 person found it helpfulJun 24th, 2018
Justin Wittkopf

Decanted for 8 hours. Absolutely stunning in every way! The purity and freshness of fruit on the nose is incredible. Blackberry, violets, graphite, licorice and a hint iron. The palate is broad and perfectly balanced with persistent sweet tannins and and perfect acidity. Everything I could want in a wine.

Decanted for 8 hours. Absolutely stunning in every way! The purity and freshness of fruit on the nose is incredible. Blackberry, violets, graphite, licorice and a hint iron. The palate is broad and perfectly balanced with persistent sweet tannins and and perfect acidity. Everything I could want in a wine.

1 person found it helpfulMay 22nd, 2018
Henrik Poulsen

95+ pts.

95+ pts.

Apr 24th, 2017
Bryan Kesting

Cabernet night with the guys. Started with a few whites.

My first experience with MacDonald...loved it.

Cabernet night with the guys. Started with a few whites.

My first experience with MacDonald...loved it.

May 5th, 2019
Trent Fletcher

Easily the best wine I've ever consumed. Popped the cork, poured a sip and let sit on the counter for three hours when I poured another small sip. Drank over the course of the next 8 or so hours. Never fully decanted.

With the first pour, this showed a beautiful nose and a bevy of flavors right out the gate; already layers of soft, fresh red fruit and liqueur, lavender, with graphite/pencil shavings; such balance.

As the wine evolved, the red fruit became a bit darker and the depth of the wine increased, but I never got to a black or blue fruit profile. The fruit was of an extracted (in a good way) nature, not syrupy, just gorgeous, rich, pure, fresh and vibrant. Dark cherry and kirsch liqueur continued to play off one another through the entirety of the bottle with creme de cassis, a hint of dark chocolate on the back end and sweet, silky tannins all surrounding a strong dark mineral core.

What got me all night was the power in every aspect of this bottle and how they were wound together with such perfection. 99+, possibly 100...just a joy to drink.

Easily the best wine I've ever consumed. Popped the cork, poured a sip and let sit on the counter for three hours when I poured another small sip. Drank over the course of the next 8 or so hours. Never fully decanted.

With the first pour, this showed a beautiful nose and a bevy of flavors right out the gate; already layers of soft, fresh red fruit and liqueur, lavender, with graphite/pencil shavings; such balance.

As the wine evolved, the red fruit became a bit darker and the depth of the wine increased, but I never got to a black or blue fruit profile. The fruit was of an extracted (in a good way) nature, not syrupy, just gorgeous, rich, pure, fresh and vibrant. Dark cherry and kirsch liqueur continued to play off one another through the entirety of the bottle with creme de cassis, a hint of dark chocolate on the back end and sweet, silky tannins all surrounding a strong dark mineral core.

What got me all night was the power in every aspect of this bottle and how they were wound together with such perfection. 99+, possibly 100...just a joy to drink.

Feb 17th, 2019
Grant Everett

As good as it gets

As good as it gets

Dec 30th, 2018
Ralph Clark

Outstanding!!

Outstanding!!

Dec 11th, 2018
Eric Casias

Happy thanksgiving everyone. Cheers!

Happy thanksgiving everyone. Cheers!

Nov 21st, 2018
Daniel Taub

D. Livers!!!!

D. Livers!!!!

Aug 15th, 2018