Alexandria Nicole Cellars Mackay Duck Press Red

If you like a full-bodied red wine with steak, the 2007 Mackay Duck Press Red by Alexandria Nicole Cellars is for you. This rich, robust red was barrel-aged for 22 months and just released in September. There’s no need to cellar it – it is oh-so drinkable right now.

The 2007 Duck Press Red was blended by ANC winemaker and co-owner Jarrod Boyle and the wine afficionados at Mackay Restaurants to pour at El Gaucho and Waterfront Seafood Grill. Envision the excellent meals you have had at these fine restaurants – this luxe wine would pair nicely with any of them.

With a deep ruby hue, this lush red blend offers aromas of bright red fruit, with black cherries and blackberry on the mid-palate. While we liked the 2006 Duck Press, we love the 2007 vintage, which is smooth with a long finish. I’m sure we prefer the 2007 because 18% Cab Franc and more Cab Sauv were added. 

  • 2006 Duck Press Red: 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 14% Malbec and 10% Petit Verdot
  • 2007 Duck Press Red: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cab Franc, 12% Merlot, 10% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot

In fact, I enjoyed this wine so much, I named 2007 Mackay Duck Press Red as my favorite wine of October, when asked by Sean Sullivan of Washington Wine Report .

Alexandria Nicole Cellars makes 12 varieties of wine, and we enjoyed so many of them that we became members of their wine club in 2007, when they first moved to Woodinville.  That same year, Paul Gregutt named ANC as #1 in his list of Top 12 Washington State Wine Clubs.

Over the years, Jarrod and his wife and co-owner Ali (for whom the winery is named) have become good friends of ours. These days, I help with their Twitter account. But it all began with their wine from the good fruit at their Estate vineyard, Destiny Ridge.