Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth joins MacDonald Vineyards co-owner Alex MacDonald for a behind-the-wines tour of MacDonald's Cabernet Sauvignon vines in Napa Valley's Oakville district.
In the Vineyard at MacDonald, Part 1: 25-Year-Old 'Young' Vines
In Part 1, Molesworth and Alex MacDonald take a look at the property's "young" 25-year-old vines and talk pruning and training for longevity.
In the Vineyard at MacDonald, Part 2: Disco-Era Vines Hitting Their Stride
At MacDonald Vineyards in Napa Valley's Oakville district, co-owner Alex MacDonald explains the old-school, head-trained "California sprawl" method employed by his grandfather when planting these Cabernet vines in 1974, and how that training method supports the health and quality of the grapes.
In the Vineyard at MacDonald, Part 3: The Old-Vine Holy Grail
Planted in Napa's Oakville district in 1954, MacDonald Vineyards' oldest Cabernet vines represent what co-owners Alex and Graeme MacDonald strive to achieve at their historic property. Alex explains how the grapes from these "holy grail" vines fuel their Cabernets' structure, power, complexity and ageability.