MacPhail Sundawg Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 131294
  • WE93
  • RP90
  • TP90
Style: Smooth & Supple

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.

Winemaker's Notes

This small vineyard consistently comes up big, and this vintage carries on that tradition. A very pretty nose, with aromas of sour cherry and bright red fruits (think Pomegranate) dressed up with Asian Five Spice. Supple, bold tannins and flavors of raspberry are showcased in a finish that just might make you stand up and cheer.

Critical Acclaim

"The Sequana Winery has had enormous success with this vineyard over the years, and now MacPhail dips into it, with impressive results. The first impression is of acidity, mouthwatering and tangy. Then the flavors explode into a rainbow of red cherries, pomegranates, persimmons and exotic spices. "
93 Points

"Another Green Valley offering is the powerful 2011 Pinot Noir Sundawg Ridge Vineyard, which is made from an interesting clonal composition consisting of Dijon clone 115, and the Calera and Pommard clones from California. Aromas of forest floor, earth and red fruits jump from the glass of this dark ruby-colored wine. A strikingly good Pinot Noir in a tough vintage, it possesses lots of texture and complexity."
90 Points

"Deep ruby color; fleshy and ripe with black cherry, spice, meat and concentration; balanced and mellow, long and dense."
90 Points

Learn 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...

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Learn About Sonoma County

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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