Everything about this wine tells the story of Napa Valley: Of historic pioneers (the property was first planted in 1870 by the grandson of George Yount); of its ideal location for growing premium grapes (the fruit for this wine comes from the MacDonald’s portion of Napa’s grand cru vineyard site, To Kalon); of the extraordinary wines: beautifully rich cabernet sauvignons with intense, sun-blessed fruit balanced by vibrant acidity and oak complexity; and of family (the MacDonald brothers Alex and Graeme carry on the work of their forefathers).
It is history like this, special vineyard sites like this, wines like this and people like this that bring wine lovers of the world together in times of celebration and in times of tragedy. (This wine was tasted at a special round table discussion on the October wildfires with local winemakers and growers at 750 Wines in St. Helena. Look for an upcoming article on those revealing discussions).
Catherine Bugue is the Star’s tasting panel writer. Her weekly pursuit of a good glass of wine provides a nice supply of choices for the Wine of the Week column. If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please send it to the Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak St., Napa, CA 94559. There’s no guarantee your wine will be chosen to be featured, but all wines will be evaluated and considered.