Tom Mackey Cellars

2016 'Sirius' Sonoma Valley Red

Red Blend •Montecillo, Stemach & Woolard Vineyards

California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Valley

$46.00
Avg. Price
$27.79
(40% off)

Mission Briefing

Codename:

Sirius-ly good

Everyone has heard of St. Francis Winery but only a few are familiar with Tom Mackey Cellars. That, Operatives, is a good thing for those of us undercover. Let’s keep it our dirty little secret as the wines are awesome and they make 2, 3 or tops 4 barrels of each only. Starting in the early 1980s as their first winemaker, Tom Mackey, for 3 decades, helped put St. Francis on the map. So much so that the Wine Spectator named him ‘Master of Merlot’ at one point in his remarkable career of award-winning wines. This insanely well-made red just will not disappoint.

Gorgeous deep, dark ruby bordering purple with a dense inky black core that light just can’t penetrate through. Black cherry, blackberry, dried plums, freshly cracked Tellicherry peppercorns, graphite, and spices are all palpable in the chiseled aromatics. On the palate, it offers an enthralling perplexity; rich with mountain tannins as if from Napa, yet simultaneously balanced, fresh, and sophisticated like a Bordeaux. The power of Petit Verdot echoes effortlessly on the gorgeous finish, hand in hand with chocolatey Cabernet and Malbec. Enjoy this cellar-worthy red with roasted meats, rich pasta sauces, smoked sausages, aged cheeses, and more, it’s highly versatile and ready for many food pairings.

When Mackey retired from St. Francis, his favorite growers would not stop knocking on his door. Of all his new contracts with old friends, we are most grateful for the one he kept with the Stemach Family, growers of extraordinary Petit Verdot. This Bordeaux grape can get a bit too much on its own, but when farmed right, it takes over the palate with stunning depth and authority. Add to all that the opportunity to experience this masterfully crafted red blend at a 40% discount and there you have it, the deal of the week? The month? Get in on it, now.

Tasting Profile

Look:

Gorgeous deep, dark ruby bordering purple with a dense inky black core that light can’t penetrate.

Smell:

Black cherry, blackberry, dried plums, freshly cracked Tellicherry peppercorns, graphite and spices.

Taste:

Rich with mountain tannins as if from Napa, yet balanced, fresh, and sophisticated like a Bordeaux.

Finish:

The power of Petit Verdot echoes effortlessly, hand in hand with chocolatey Cabernet and Malbec.

Pairing:

Enjoy this cellar-worthy red with roasted meats, rich pasta sauces, smoked sausages, aged cheeses.

What the Winery Says

Winemaker
Tom Mackey
Varietals
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot, 20% Malbec
Vintage
2016
Appellation
Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County
Vineyards
Montecillo, Stemach & Woolard Vineyards
Alcohol
14.8%
pH
3.61
Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvested on 9/23/16 at a Brix of 25.1 and 3.52 pH
Petit Verdot
Harvested on 10/1/16 at a Brix of 25.0 and 3.40 pH
Malbec
Harvested on 10/10/16 at a Brix of 25.5 and 3.55 pH
Aging
20 months
Barrels
25% new French oak
Production
4 barrels

About the Winery

$46.00
Avg. Price
$27.79
(40% off)
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