Sunday, December 13, 2015

2012 MacPhail Pinot Noir Rita's Crown Vineyard Santa Rita Hills

MacPhail Family Wines owner James MacPhail produces small lot world class Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rose with minimal intervention and hands on attention. The winery itself not open to the public as it sits on James private property but by having the winery close by he can keep an eye on the product and fine tune his skills at the same time. If the 2012 is any indication I believe James your fine tuning skills are an A+.

Like many winemakers James was introduced to wine at an early age by his father who loved burgundy and his love grew for the grape. Many times he would find himself after a long day sipping Pinot Noir as this wine resonated with him. In 2002 he launched his own label and for those who have taken pleasure in drinking this juice just smile. “My goal is to produce food friendly wines with subtlety, elegance and finesse," says the winemaker. They are also layered and full of character. I couldn't agree more.

The MacPhail Tasting Room at The Barlow you will find the familiar face of Jim Morris aka Sonoma Wine Guy who is in charge of wine education. Here you will taste and learn all about the grapes, soil and climate from Jim and the staff. Both James and Jim believe in the importance of wine education. Plus what a cool place to sip, relax and learn. Ok time for the wine.

The nose is a thing of beauty starting with an earthy floral aroma followed by ripe dark cherry, blackberry, a hint of blueberry and plum rounding out with clove, cola and a dusting of cinnamon. Exquisite aromatics.

The mouth is complex and flavorful. Intense cherry notes with blueberry and plum fruit. Cloves, cola and a hint of smoke compliment the long medium tannin finish. Day 1 was amazing and Day 2 was perfection.This is why I drink and love Pinot!

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