Macauley Vineyard was founded in 1980 by Ann Macauley Watson and today is owned and operated by her son Mac. Mac began his love affair in the wine industry after crushing his first vintage in 2001 while working for Rudd Estate. He works closely with his childhood friend Kirk Venge, son of the renowned winemaker Nils Venge, to craft wines representing the next generation of exceptional winemaking.

Mac and Kirk share the same goal of producing wines with depth, brilliance, and a range of complexity directly related to each site’s specific terroir. Their brilliant Chardonnay beautifully depicts the historic Bacigalupi vineyard, coming from the same block that went into the famed 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, winner at the iconic Judgement of Paris tasting. This perfect white wine indulges the senses with its Burgundian finesse, balance, and bright acidity from equal treatments of concrete, oak, and stainless steel, producing a mere 315 cases.



WCC93 | Tasting Panel Notes, “The Macauley 2020 Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay opens with rich aromas of apricot, nectarine, honeydew melon, cinnamon apple strudel, toast, and wet rocks. On the palate, the wine has opulent flavors of peach, lemon yogurt, and a hint of vanilla extract with a long, pleasant finish. This wine is ready to drink now and has a structure suitable for aging.” WCC 93 POINTS

96ES | Notes From Edward Stephanick, “This 2020 MAC Chardonnay compares to the Best Chardonnay in the World in the $65-$100 range plus… it’s reminds me of a combination of Kistler and Kosta Browne. It’s perfectly balanced to say the least; it’s like enjoying a perfect slice of your Grandma’s Apple a la mode! And then your other Grandma from Florida shows up with Key Lime Pie… it’s brilliant! Each sip is just comforting, deep, and layers wrap and swirl your palate with outrageous flavors. WOW!! seamless – this is a perfect white wine! Rich, yet zesty, pure and so delicious. It is a really awesome Chardonnay for entertaining as well –  Pop & Pour for your friends, and the entire room will light up in Delight! Bottles will go fast my friends!! Enjoy and Cheers! ” CALIHIWINES 96 POINTS

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