"Wine criticism is completely subjective, and this wine hits home with this particular critic in a head rush of memories: a field of thyme and strawberries, the feel of velvet moss on stone. Whether or not those places exist in your own sense memory, there's a beautiful wine here (aside from the fact that you'll be hard pressed to find as good a pinot noir for anything like the price). The Gallos blend this wine from Two Rock Vineyard in Cotati with other vineyards, mainly in Carneros. They hit a ripeness in 2002 that tastes of blackberries and raspberries fresh off the vine. The flavors are luscious yet architectural, with dark spices adding structure. And in the end, the spice and fruit doesn't strip. Buy a case or more. It's pure and delicious."
-Wines & Spirits
The wine displays rich, ripe Pinot Noir flavors of red and black cherries, roses and strawberries, complemented by herb, spice, and subtle vanilla characteristics.
The original homestead on MacMurray Ranch was settled over 150 years ago in Sonoma County. Actor Fred MacMurray purchased the ranch in the 1940's and made it his home for over 50 years. Today, surrounded by vineyards, this homestead lends its name to some of California's best Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
The 2001 Mac Murray Ranch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir was blended from grapes grown in gently rolling hillsides near the north shore of San Pablo Bay, in the southern reach of the Sonoma Coast growing region.