MacDonald Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Oakville|
Flirting with perfection, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from this tiny family estate shows the pure, elegant, yet concentrated style of this vintage to a T. Darker currants, cassis, olives, violets, and spring flower notes all flow to a full-bodied, concentrated, ultra-classic, flawlessly balanced Cabernet. The tannins are present yet polished, it has wonderfully integrated acidity, and is one of those wines that keeps you coming back to the glass. Count yourself lucky if you're able to snag any bottles. It will ideally be given 4-6 years of bottle age and it's going to evolve for 20-25 years or more.
This is pumping along nicely, with a torrent of cassis and crushed plum fruit at first, followed quickly by a second wave of steeped blackberry and boysenberry flavors. Underneath there's a well-embedded singed alder note and a steady tug of warm, gravelly earth. Racy licorice snap and sassafras notes chime through the finish, adding more energy to what is already an impressively terroir-driven wine. Best from 2022 through 2040. 500 cases made.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is just all goodness. Crème de cassis, lavender, graphite, cinnamon and licorice all grace this exquisite, wonderfully nuanced Cabernet Sauvignon. There is almost no sensation of tannin. The 2018 impresses with its magnificent purity and pedigree. Time brings out the wine's inherent gravitas and pure power. Readers who can find it are in for a treat!