Macmurray Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2005
DESCRIPTION: California’s Central Coast is an up and coming growing region for Pinot Noir because of its climate and soil. MacMurray Ranch crafts wines from this region with elegance, finesse and a distinctive sense of place. Detailed Winemaker's Notes WINEMAKING NOTES: Grapes from premier Central Coast vineyards including Olson Ranch in the Santa Lucia Highlands contributed to the final blend of this wine. The grapes were harvested at the peak of ripeness during September through mid-October, during the early morning, to ensure the fruit was kept cool for fermentation. The grapes were de-stemmed and cold soaked prior to fermentation for optimal extraction of color and flavor. A percentage of the must underwent natural fermentation and the remainder was inoculated with a mixture of Burgundian yeast strains for complexity, mouth-feel and depth of flavor. The wine completed malolactic fermentation in the barrel. The wine was oak aged in new and used French and American oak barrel. VITICULTURAL NOTES: The 2005 growing season began unusually cold and rainy with a heat spell in mid-March which started the growing season early. The rain continued sporadically through June, with summer temperatures rarely rising above 90° F. Although the rain held out until late October, the vineyards were able to catch the sun and heat they needed, resulting in one of the largest crops on record. The long, cool growing season of 2005 was ideal for developing premium Pinot Noir grapes with good complexity, maturity and flavor. FINISHED WINE: MacMurray Ranch Central Coast Pinot Noir possesses an expressive fruit character, exhibiting bright aromas of blue and red fruits of cherry, ripe blueberries and dark current. The flavors are melded together with earthy notes, balanced perfectly with the nuance of sweet vanilla from the oak aging. Grape Source: Central Coast Varietal Content: Pinot Noir Titratable Acidity: 0.59 Residual Sugar: 0.3g/100ml Alcohol: 13 pH: 3.5
Editorial Reviews for Macmurray Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
With light oak and toast notes on the nose this starts off on the dark side but adds nice cherry pie fruit tones on the palate that are soft and supple. there's a touch of vanilla and baking spice on the backend before the black cherry fruit powers through on the medium length finish. This lacks some detail but makes up for it with its balanced depth of fruit. 87pts
A lovely enjoyable Pinot Noir, especially when someone else buys it for you. I have a hard time spending this much on wines, but for Pinot Noirs, you about have to to get one you really like.
Very elegant..blows up in the mouth.
This is a very drinkable Pinot Noir. Nothing to brag about or race back to the store to get the last bottle, but a good random Tuesday night wine. This one has aromas and flavors of blueberry and cherry. Maybe a hint of earthiness and a touch of vanilla. The 2003 was much better. If you've had the 2003, this one will seem a little thinner.
I love this wine! It is my "house" wine! Very yummy =)
Very enjoyable. A nice Pinot Noir with a subtle, poised, elegance.
This is one of my favorites.
The Sonoma Coast is excellent if imbibed alone. Very smoothe.
External Reviews for Macmurray Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
The Sonoma Coast covers 750 square miles, from the Mendocino County line in the north to the Sonoma-Marin border in the south. Adjacent to the Russian River Valley, portions of the Sonoma Coast offer a unique climate zone - the coolest area in Sonoma County. Cool, moist air from the Pacific Ocean and cooling winds and fog pour in through the Petaluma Wind Gap, creating ideal conditions for growing Pinot Noir. As a result of these unique characteristics, the Sonoma Coast is recognized as a premier source for exceptional Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris varietal wines.