MacDonald Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Oakville|
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is another incredibly brilliant wine from this estate that's up with the greatest wines in the vintage (and the world). From a tiny parcel of very old vines in the To Kalon Vineyard, it reveals a semi-opaque deep purple color to go with an incredible nose of crème de cassis, black olive, iron, tobacco, and lead pencil. As textbook Oakville as it gets with its darker, herbal, yet powerful style, it's medium to full-bodied and has a wonderful sense of elegance and purity, silky tannins, and a great, great finish. It certainly offers incredible pleasure today, as do most 2019s, yet it deserves 4-6 years of bottle age and I suspect will be 30+ year wine. If you get a chance to buy this, do it.
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerhouse wine in line with years like 2013 and 2016, but with a bit more plushness in the mid-palate fruit. The aromatics alone are just mesmerizing. Veins of supporting tannin convey freshness and energy throughout. This is such a riveting and promising wine.
Gorgeous bay leaf, alder smoke and warmed black currant confiture aromas and flavors take the lead, but it's a close race with waves of warm stone, freshly plowed loam, singed tobacco and savory accents joining in. This has muscle, definition and drive, with a cast iron note adding a growl of terroir through the finish. Best from 2024 through 2042. 500 cases made.