'M' 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon by Mac & Billy Cellars has notes of chocolate-blackberry ganache, cranberry preserves, sweet mint, black licorice, dark olive, new leather, and mahogany. The palate is sleek and supple, with fine-grained, polished tannins, and a complex and classy finish.
A new label by the makers of McPrice Myers, winery namesake McPrice “Mac” Myers, Venus Lai, and Billy Grant began this project as a “tribute to the mavericks; those who came before us, who farmed this area with grit and determination, and those who continue the legacy today with mettle and moxie.” Its first wine out of the box is a classic Paso Robles Cabernet. A wine that has all the bold fruit California is known for plus a gorgeous backbone of acidity achievable in the Paso AVA thanks to its unique climate.
The team at McPrice Myers began this project in 2021 to make great wine that honors the Paso Robles “Old School – not so much the style, but the people.” explains Mac. A gifted winemaker, Mac has been crafting unique and well-received Rhone-style wines here since 2002. He essentially “grew up” as a winemaker in Paso Robles and is more and more seeing his work recognized as his wines receive the highest accolades from the top reviewers and publications in the country.
His partner and friend Billy Grant – in charge of business development for McPrice Myers – is a true champion of Paso Robles, having been promoting the area and its wines for decades. He was selected Person of the Year in 2021 by the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance, which Mac likens to a “lifetime achievement award.”
Venus Lai holds a PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics but an incessant interest in wine led her to become an expert on fermentation and she now brings her inventive spirit, sharp mind for business, and keen sense of style into the fold. Their combined dedication and enthusiasm for Paso Robles and its wines has led them to create a label that represents the pioneering spirit, hard work, and perseverance of the Paso Robles winemaking community.