MacPhail Pratt Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 14.7%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Make room in the cellar for this amazing Pinot. Medium-deep ruby color; complex black cherry, clove and forest floor aromas; rich, ripe black cherry fruit flavors with clove and forest floor notes; sweet oak; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Amazing depth and complex flavors make this a natural for any deep, rich braise.
"Medium-deep ruby color; complex black cherry, clove and forest floor aromas; rich, ripe black cherry fruit flavors with clove and forest floor notes; sweet oak; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Amazing depth and complex flavors make this a natural for any deep, rich braise."
"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."
"This small producer has turned out a gorgeous 2007 Pinot Noir Pratt Vineyard, made primarily from Dijon clones. It possesses a medium dark ruby color in addition to a big, spicy nose filled with black cherry, damp earth, and forest floor characteristics, a silky texture, and complex, supple tannins. It is already delicious, and should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 3-4 years."
The Wine Advocate
"Both a bit riper and slightly more sturdy than its cellarmates, the Pratt Vineyard bottling is moderately full-bodied working that is, by a small margin, the toughest of MacPhail's many Pinots. That said, it is also a wine of considerable substance and depth, and, if beauty eludes it just now, it has the stuffing to grow for many years. Set it aside for another half-decade and tag it for drinking with a rack of lamb"
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James MacPhail grew up just north of San Francisco in Marin County where, since the 1880s, members of his father"s family have been pillars of the local business community. James" mother was raised on a dairy farm in western Sonoma County; she remained tied to her Tomales Bay community, regularly engaging James in the lives of the region's farming families. A passion for business...
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...
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it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
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