This single-vineyard Pinot is distinctive. It has an intense white peppery aroma, but in the mouth shows a cascade of powerful cherry, cocoa and spice flavors, with a rich earthiness suggesting sautéed mushrooms with a dash of soy sauce. The mouthfeel is light and silky but powerful. It’s a fascinating wine that changes with every sip.
After missing a beat in ’04, the ’05 reverts to the high quality of the ’03. Made from Dijon clones, the wine shows a brilliant purity of cherry fruit, with rich, earthy complexities of mushrooms, forest floor, cola and balsam. Bone dry, it has an elegantly silky quality that cries out for the best foods. Best now and for the next four years.
Expensive, but a perfect Pinot Noir to drink now for sheer luxury and decadence. Tastes so good, offering a tapestry of raspberry, cherry, licorice, mocha and sweet, smoky sandalwood. With finely ground tannins and near-perfect coastal acidity, it’s addictively likeable. Now–2012.
Sweet and rather heavy in youth, this is not one of MacPhail’s most successful 2009 Pinot Noirs. It tastes like liquid cherry and raspberry jam, cola and caramelized oak. Flamboyant, but too extracted in fruit. Might mature with some years in the bottle.
This big, powerful young wine tastes more alcoholic than the 14% that the label claims it is. It’s superripe in cherry, blackberry and cassis flavors, and Grenache-like in the mouth, which means it’s a little heavy for a Pinot. If you like this style, you’ll love this wine, which came from a vineyard in the county seat, Santa Rosa.