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Mayro-Murdick Carneros Pinot Noir 2006

Pinot Noir from Carneros, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Flavors of cinnamon, rhubarb, cherry and vanilla drive the nose, ultimately opening up to a nice floral scent. In the mouth, the sweet, rich flavor offers round cherry, with a great length and a long finish. The wine's ruby color reflects the old vine characteristics of the storied Iund vineyard. Elevation in small French oak barrels has allowed the wine's terroir-specific fruit flavors to mature and develop into a refined, elegant pinot noir. This is vintage Carneros, showing strong aging potential and flavors that will blossom with time.

    As an appellation, cool summers, moderate winters and afternoon breezes create the distinct characteristics of the Carneros region. The 2006 growing season created the basis for an exceptionally strong offering. A long and suburb growing year with temperate weather during the growing season and mild harvest weather allowed the grapes to hang longer than usual and ripen to full maturity, creating a rich, compelling offering.

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    Mayro-Murdick

    Mayro-Murdick

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    Mayro-Murdick, Carneros, California
    Mayro-Murdick is a Pinot venture from Michael and Tina Cox of Sonoma, created as a platform to explore and share great Pinots from great Pinot Noir growing regions. Mike Cox is the winemaker at Schug Carneros Estate in Sonoma and brings nearly two decades of experience making Pinot to the venture; Tina’s expertise is in wine marketing. The Mayro-Murdick name is taken from the first names of their paternal grandfathers; the Pinots under the Mayro-Murdick label focus on Carneros fruit and are a great expression of that region.

    Carneros

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    Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The cooling winds from the abutting San Pablo Bay, combined with lots of midday California sunshine, create an ideal environment for producing wines with a perfect balance of crisp acidity and well-ripened fruit.

    This cooler pocket of California lends itself to growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Carneros is an important source of sparkling wines made in the style of Champagne as well.

    Pinot Noir

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    One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

    In the Glass

    Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

    Perfect Pairings

    Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

    Sommelier Secret

    Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

    YNG199028_2006 Item# 107233