The Macauley Vineyard label was originally established in St. Helena in the early 1980s by Ann Macauley Watson. In the late summer of 2000, Ann’s son Mac went to work for Rudd Estate in Oakville. After several months of winery work and education he was inspired to revive the family label, and, working with winemaker and childhood friend Kirk Venge, crushed his first grapes in October 2001. Mac and Kirk have one goal: to source the highest quality fruit in Napa Valley and make wines of extraordinary depth and personality. The grapes they choose showcase the terroir of the vineyards and create a remarkable wine-drinking experience.
This 2017 Old Vine Zinfandel shows precision and balance, typical of the varietal, all directly related to the age of the vines from which it comes. Clove, vanilla and subtle winter spices are enveloped by nuances of ripe pomegranate and bright red fruit. Fleshy strawberry and dark currants are focused and wound around the tongue. The tannins are fine and very long in the mouthfeel. It's certainly ready to enjoy today, but this 'Old Vine' Zinfandel can also be held for a few more years.