MacMurray Ranch Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label
MacMurray Ranch Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2008 Front Label

MacMurray Ranch Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2008

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750ML / 13.65% ABV
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750ML / 13.65% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Our 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir exemplifies the characteristics of Pinot Noir from the Northern region of this AVA: bright aromatics of forest floor, oregano, marjoram and fresh cherry. Notes of ripe raspberry and earthy loam give way to intense flavors of blackberry and subtle mineral notes. This elegant Pinot Noir has excellent structure and complexity with a long, intricate finish. It will continue to develop subtle nuances with time in the bottle.

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WS 92
Wine Spectator
Bright and jazzy, this is refreshingly balanced toward its light texture, but glows with pretty currant and red plum fruit. Picks up mineral and spice notes as it lingers easily and compellingly on the refined finish. Drink now through 2016.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Big, bold and ripe, this Oregon pinot has California richness. Scents of plum compote and generous oak extract lead into black cherry jam flavors. With such richness, it's a wonder the wine keeps on the rails, but it does. For grilled lamb chops.
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MacMurray Ranch, California
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MacMurray Ranch was purchased from the Porter family by famed actor Fred MacMurray in 1941. Fred raised his family on the ranch and they enjoyed the natural wonders of Sonoma County. Today, the ranch looks much as it did a century ago, surrounded by rail fences and framed by oak and redwood groves. Only now it is home to some of Sonoma County's finest vineyards. Aside from being beautiful, the Russian River Valley is among the premier growing regions for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. MacMurray Ranch speaks to the legacy of the land by crafting wines from this appellation with elegance and finesse.

The wines of MacMurray Ranch are crafted with care by winemaker Susan Doyle, who has a patient, gentle approach that gets the best out of Pinot Noir and its cousin Pinot Gris. Susan is guiding the wines of MacMurray Ranch to achieve both depth and the finely nuanced range of flavors that expresses the nature of the place where they were born. With her university studies in both winegrowing and winemaking, Susan makes wines that reflect the old Burgundian sense of "terroir", the special qualities that weather, land, and the hand of man that give her wines their individual distinction.

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Home of some of the planet’s most amazingly elegant and expressive Pinot noir, the Willamette Valley is a pastoral, mixed landscape of green, bucolic rolling hills, dramatic forestlands and small, independent, friendly wine growers. As a leader in environmental stewardship, the valley has some of the nation’s most protective land use policies, with two-thirds of its vineyards farmed sustainably and over half, organically. While the valley claims a cool, continental climate, and is heavily influenced by the cold, moist winds of the Pacific Ocean, its warm and dry summers allow for the steady, even ripening of Pinot noir.

The potential of Willamette Valley Pinot noir continues to attract the investment of serious growers and winemakers both locally and from abroad, as naturally the finished wines bring accolades from professionals and enthusiasts. With a range of styles from delicate dried cherry, raspberry and hibiscus to stronger notes of truffle, mocha, plum and spice, a fine Willamette Valley Pinot noir is a perfect expression of both character and grace.

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