Originally established by Ann Macauley Watson in the early 1980s, Macauley Vineyard Winery went through a short hiatus after her death in 1994. Always knowing deep down that the winery business was for him, her son, Mac Watson, spent some time at Rudd Oakville Estate and decided to re-establish the Macauley label in 2000. Along with his wife, Amy Baxter Watson, and his childhood friend Kirk Venge, son of legendary Napa Valley winemaker Nils Venge and now full owner of his family’s Venge Vineyards, Watson is producing some fabulous wines.
A couple of nights ago my husband and I cracked open a 2007 Macauley Cabernet Sauvignon. We decanted it for about an hour before pouring our first glass. Oh wow, what a lovely Napa Cab.
The ’07 is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and is sourced from three renowned Napa Valley vineyards, Star (in the Rutherford AVA), Stagecoach (from the Atlas Peak AVA), and Beckstoffer To Kalon.
On the nose are dark fruits and black licorice. On the palate are dark cherry, cassis, and some chocolate. This wine has very nice structure and is beautifully balanced, a sure sign of a winner. Oh … have I mentioned the finish???? Oh my. The finish is full of sweet, velvety tannins and goes on and on and on.
If you run across any Macauley wines on a restaurant wine list or in a wine store, don’t be afraid to buy! I know that I’ll definitely be seeking out more Macauley wines.
Mac Watson, along with “a little help from his friends”, is honoring his mother’s memory in a very lovely way.