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95 points

MacPhail 2007 Wightman House Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

Delicious now, a rich Pinot Noir with lush flavors of black cherries, red currants, cola and smoky oak. It’s a big wine with sizable tannins and crisp, coastal acidity, but it’s very dry and silky, and shows great elegance. Should develop bottle complexity over the next six years.

 — S.H.   Published 12/31/2009
94 points

MacPhail 2007 Goodin Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

Made with Dijon clones from a vineyard in a cool corner of Sebastopol, this rich young Pinot brims with fresh acidity. It has complex flavors of cherries, cola, pomegranates, rhubarb, sandalwood and pepper, wrapped into a silky texture. Just a delight, and should age over the next six years.

 — S.H.   Published 9/1/2009
94 points

MacPhail 2011 Dutton Ranch Pinot Noir (Green Valley)

A great success, showing the airy silkiness of Pinot Noir, and the intensity of Russian River fruit. Waves of raspberries, cherries, red currants, licorice and bacon lead to a long finish of exotic baking spices. Bright with acidity, this does a great job of combining power and elegance. Drink now–2019.

 — S.H.   Published 9/1/2013
94 points

MacPhail 2012 Anderson Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

High-toned, fragrant, toasted oak nuances meld beautifully with delicious black cherry aromas and flavors in this well-balanced, abundantly proportioned wine. It is full bodied, opulent in texture, with enough fine-grained tannin and acidity to support the high level of ripeness. It keeps demanding another sip.

 — J.G.   Published 8/1/2015
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MacPhail 2012 Toulouse Vineyard Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

The exotic, earthy aspects of Pinot come out in this rich and enticing example. Aromas captivate with elements of rich fruit, toasted oak, wood smoke, forest floor and cola. The mouthfeel is broad and supple, the favors ripe, spicy and intricate, weaving together savory notes, dark fruits and exotic spices. All the…

 — J.G.   Published 8/1/2015
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94 points

MacPhail 2012 Rita’s Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sta. Rita Hills)

This small, Sonoma County-focused producer headed south to make a rich, attention-grabbing wine, with aromas of dark raspberries, blackberries, pulverized cloves, black sage and tobacco leaf. The palate shows smoked beef with cherry syrup, lifted by juniper and pine sap on the midpalate and boisterous acidity. It’s…

 — M.K.   Published 7/1/2015
94 points

MacPhail 2007 Pratt Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)

Here’s one for the cellar. It’s rich and ripe, yet the firm tannins and crisp acidity argue for time. Shows a complex heart of black cherries, red currants, cola, leather and smoky sandalwood that is frankly delicious. But the finish turns hard. Give it until 2011 to begin to show its stuff.

 — S.H.   Published 12/31/2009
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MacPhail 2009 Raye's Hill Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

A sweet, soft, harmonious Pinot Noir. Feels so gentle in the mouth, it hardly has any weight, yet it’s a very serious wine. The flavors are enormous, suggesting ripe wild cherries, raspberry liqueur and baking spices, finished with perfectly applied, smoky oak, and brightened with fine acidity. A wine of great charm…

 — S.H.   Published 9/1/2011
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