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Date Printed: 9/15/2014
MacPhail Pratt Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
MacPhail Pratt Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010
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International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/15/2014: $49.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2011 Tasting Panel rating: 91 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 PinotReport rating: 96 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2007 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.
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About MacPhail:

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 and a love for the land are at the center of MacPhail family life.

In 2002, James launched his own brand: MacPhail Family Wines. The wine business satisfies James' interest in the land, his penchant for the artistic and his pledge to service. He selects and works with growers who share his commitment to sustainable farming and understand the significance of terroir-based, singular quality wine. "My dream has been to make something from the earth that I can share with others," he says.

After making wine for six vintages in rented space, James took a step few small producers take — he built his own winery — in his back yard. Reflecting James' respect for the environment, the understated building takes advantage of natural light and night-cooling fans. The winery recycles all wastewater in a constructed wetlands. James makes wine – naturally, in small batches, by hand. He is a believer in traditional, old world techniques and minimal intervention.

Grower/winemaker James MacPhail is also the sales and marketing director. His business model is based on maintaining personal relationships with the individuals who purchase his wine as well as the restaurants and wine shops that sell his MacPhail Pinot Noir. "I take very seriously the honor of being a part of people’s tables."

With a group of dedicated growers under contract, a winery just steps from his kitchen and delicious wines in the cellar, James has made Healdsburg home for both business and family. In this small community, wine brings people together every day, enhancing both food and friendship. "This home matches my vision," says James. "It is located in a winegrowing region with a long history of agriculture and small family farming."