MacPhail Pratt Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California
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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: 14.3%
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%.
The 2010 Pratt vineyard is the 5th vintage and a constant fan favorite. MacPhail has been waiting 3 years for this release, and they can say she was definitely worth the wait. There is a woodsy / spiced black cherry on the nose that smacks you with its intensity. Supply and fleshy in the mouth with a savory herbal side. Lots of dimension with a persistent finish. As usual, a beautiful ager.
"Bright ruby. Ripe dark berry and cherry aromas show an initial jamminess and pick up smoke and musky herb nuances with air. Broad and fleshy, with profound black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors. Closes taut and long, with chewy tannins and very good clarity."
International Wine Cellar
"High-toned, vivid wild berry and raspberry flavors have a spicy, stemmy, floral edge that adds dimension, finishing tight and persistent."
"As appealing as a dessert pastry, this has raspberry and cherry fruit, with roasted almond, sweet vanilla and buttered toast flavors. Not particularly complex, but it scores high on the delicious scale."
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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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Learn About Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
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.
Not only does Pinot reign in Burgundy, it is also...
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