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2016 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon

  • USA
  • California
  • Napa Valley
  • Oakville
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Community Tasting Notes 29

  • asteff Likes this wine: 100 points

    December 25, 2021 - If this isn’t perfect, I don’t know what is. What is most striking to me is the balance of the wine. It is big, and complex and flavorful in many ways. But it brings an embrace of elegance and touch beyond. cherries, medium dark fruits, dust, graphite, hints of spice. Tannins are fine grained. Wonderful acidity and lengthy finish. Just such a nice package- every time I went to smell it or taste it, there was another nuance and layer to consider. Decanted about 5 hrs, and was doing well at that point. Drank with Flannery strips for the holiday.

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • Monaco Likes this wine: 99 points

    December 20, 2021 - 10 hour decant for my wife's 40th bday dinner. This was a special occasion which called for a special wine, and the '16 MAC did not disappoint. My second time enjoying this vintage and it was every bit as remarkable as I remembered from our first encounter

    WOTY for me

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • Nutty08 Likes this wine: 96 points

    December 19, 2021 - Fortunate to get to try this again. Double decanted many hours ahead of time. Still dense and coiled up. Fruit profile on the darker side, with currants and black berry, subtle hint of herbal cab notes. Amazingly polished tannins--strong but velvety--to me this is what stand out with the wine. Incredibly concentrated but still elegantly crafted. Best to hold at least 3yrs

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • csimm1161 wrote: 100 points

    November 9, 2021 - Halloween in the Vice Versa Cave: Another perfect showing, and one of the top (of many) reds of the night (especially along with the 2018 Lafleur and 2018 Bryant), the 2016 MACDONALD does what any lineage of awesomeness in an awesome vintage would do: Be awesome! It’s been a couple of years since last having this (excluding a flawed bottle we ran into last summer), so it was such a treat to tap this beauty again and see what’s happening. Darker and richer than I would have expected, especially given the lack of extended air and babying that these wines seem to yearn for when they are young. This is 2016 in full glory, while the signature house sophistication and focus reigned in the perfectly disposed core, there was enough relaxing of the edges to allow a gorgeous coating of black berries, cacao, black rocks, coffee grounds, and soft fresh soil notes to unfold in the most deliberate and cultured manner. Finishes impeccably chiseled, with a wonderful balance between succulence and grip-speed.

    I’ll still stick with holding bottles for another 5-6+ years, but this bottle was certainly flaunting some racy and erotic attributes that shot it straight into the “perfect for my palate” category. This was an almost completely different animal compared to its one-year older sibling served beside it. The crankier 2015 MACDONALD was less inclined to emulate its younger brother’s flamboyance. 99-100 points for the 2016 MACDONALD. So…Darn…Good…!

    5 people found this helpful Comment
  • MC2 Wines wrote:

    October 20, 2021 - MACDONALD Vertical Dinner (Saga): More tannin, black fruits, almost an uname flavor to this one which surprised me a bit since haven't gotten it with the others. Again more cassis and maybe even some black cherries. Interesting wine and incredibly young.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2016
  • Type Red
  • Producer MacDonald
  • Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Napa Valley
  • Appellation Oakville

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 22 (1%)
  • In Cellars 1,372 (87%)
  • Consumed 180 (11%)

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