Posts Tagged MacPhail Family Winery

2014 MacPhail Chardonnay, Pratt Vineyard, Vine Hill Road, Russian River Valley

There is a sense of depth to the deep straw color in the glass. Enticing aromas of butter-tinged vanilla, lemon curd, and peach waft from the glass, already knitting together nicely. Wisps of smoke and fennel poke through with a bit more aeration.... Read more

2013 Tongue Dancer Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

A clear, translucent garnet hue. The nose is intriguing, alluring, and mysterious, throwing up scents of dried cherries, unripe strawberries, and dark tea leaves that waft in and out. Adding to the complexity are undertones of dark, fleshy fruits... Read more

2014 MacPhail Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Winemaker James MacPhail is a certifiable Pinot nut. He makes a dozen different lots of Pinot Noir and more every vintage. Even so, he has a soft spot for well-crafted rosé, especially when made from the Pinot Noir grape. Drawing from the many... Read more

MacPhail Tales: Chasing the Muse of Terroir and Noir

By Glen Frederiksen In the world of wine, Pinot Noir has a reputation as a fickle grape, capable of sublime complexity and, conversely, sour, vegetal displeasure. The road to Pinot Noir perfection is fraught with missteps and pitfalls, enough to... Read more

2013 MacPhail Rosé of Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Pale Salmon in color. The initial scents of sweet strawberries lead to rounded, deeper red berry flavors, a hint of watermelon, and an elusive impression of red cherry that pops up now and then. There is a rounded mouth impression, as much the fruit... Read more

2011 MacPhail ‘Roserock Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

Nearly transparent neon coral in color, this Oregon beauty exudes aromas of bright red cherry, high-toned field mint, strawberry, sandalwood and vanilla. Quite tart on the palate, the mouthfeel is light and feminine, picking up some fine-grained... Read more

2011 MacPhail ‘Sangiacomo Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

This translucent red ruby wine exudes sharp impressions of pickling spices, high-toned wood spice, celery and assorted red fruits. Still coming together, it’s stylistically lighter and more Burgundian than previous vintages, and the fruit flavor... Read more

2011 MacPhail ‘Pratt Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Is it possible to emulate Burgundy along California’s Sonoma Coast? That may or may not have been the goal with this wine, which is nearly transparent light coral/ruby in hue, but it’s certainly the result. The nose is very Burgundian, oozing... Read more

2011 MacPhail Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley

An inviting nose of mulling spices, red cherry and mild earth leads to similar impressions in the mouth. Translucent ruby in color with glints of orange toward the rim, this is a soft and fruity wine that somehow marries femininity and grip, belying... Read more

2011 MacPhail ‘Rita’s Crown Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills

The Santa Rita Hills AVA is gaining quite a reputation for producing packed-with-personality Pinot Noir, and this bottling will only add to the momentum. Translucent dark ruby in color, impressions of green tea, light spearmint, tart black cherry,... Read more