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Vision Cellars

Owner(s) Lil MacDonald, Mac McDonald
Web site www.visioncellars.com
 
Link to this site

Proprietor and winemaker Edward Lee (affectionately known as Mac) McDonald is one of the few African-American winemakers in California. He grew up in Texas where his father was a moonshiner. His epiphany and experience with Burgundy wines led to him founding his label with his wife Lil in 1995 after spending 35 years working for Pacific Gas & Electric Co.. The first wines came from the 1997 vintage.

He currently produces multiple Pinot Noirs including appellation wines from Anderson Valley and Sonoma County, and vineyard-designate wines from Cole Ranch Vineyard in Mendocino County, Chileno Valley Marin County, Rosella's Vineyard, Garys' Vineyard and Las Alturas Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The style shows attractive richness yet with a modicum of elegance and the wines have received very favorable wine press.

The wines are sold primarily through the website and a mailing list. 707-823-5603.

Reviewed Wines

2007 Vision Cellars Coster Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

1,130 cases, $36, screw cap. · Fresh aromas of dark red cherries, spice, cola and mint. Flavors of dusty red cherries and a hint of oak caramel and spice. Richly flavored but not jammy and some persistence on the finish. Reviewed April 18, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Vision Cellars Coster Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 286 cases, $42. · This is a wine of impeccable balance and breeding and one of the top wines tasted at the Pinot Noir Shootout. Attractive Bing cherry and brown spice aromas with a thoroughly pleasurable core of cherry and berry fruit with fine-grain tannins and a smooth, lingering finish. This wine has the full monty. Reviewed January 1, 2009 ARTICLE »

2007 Vision Cellars Coster Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc, $45, screw cap. · Rather sensual scents of red cherries, spice and cola. Very tasty cherry and cranberry fruit nicely spiced. Richly flavored but not jammy. Nicely balanced, soft ripe tannins and some persistence on the finish. Reviewed May 7, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Vision Cellars Chileno Valley Marin County Pinot Noir

14.6% alc.. Previous vintages of this wine have been popular. Owner and winemaker Mac McDonald is one of the few African American winemakers in California. He sources grapes from multiple appellations including the Santa Lucia Highlands. The phone 707-887-1619. There is good retail distribution. · Very light in body, this wine is young and still disjointed with noticeable acid and heat on the backend. Reviewed July 16, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Vision Cellars Chileno Valley Marin County Pinot Noir

14.6%., · Very light in body, this wine is young and still disjointed with noticeable acid and heat on the backend. Reviewed July 16, 2007 ARTICLE »

2005 Vision Cellars Chileno Valley Marin County Pinot Noir

14 % alc.. · The nose and palate feature tart cherry and cranberry flavors. There is a hint of alcohol in the nose. Styled in a lighter fashion, the lively acidity provides a clean Reviewed November 26, 2006 ARTICLE »

2004 Vision Cellars Garys’ Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

14.4% alc.. · Moderately dark-purple color. Nicely appointed aromas of black cherries, spice and wildflowers. Thick flavors of black cherries and cola with a silky but firm texture and a touch of astringency on the finish. Reviewed July 9, 2009 ARTICLE »