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Macmurray Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2009
88 points Robert Parker: More interesting and complex is the 2009 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast (88,000 cases produced). It exhibits classic Burgundian notes of forest floor, sweet black cherries, pomegranate and raspberries. This earthy, spicy, richly fruity, medium-bodied Pinot should be consumed over the next 3-4 years. (Feb 2011)
Great fruit flavors and balance. A bit darker in color than most Pinots. Easy to drink.
Great red and black fruit. Good structure and nicely layered flavors. Nice! 92 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12
Dark and rich in the glass. Expressively perfumed with aromas of crushed cherry along with strawberry and currant. More swirling gives way to an earthniess and toasty oak influence. Very pretty fruit. Lush on the palate with vivid acidity and red and blackberry fruit. Raspberry, bramble fruit, pomegranate and some light spice in the way of herbs and osky spice. Some cinnamon and even suggestions of clove. Very tasty and richly textured. Dry finish.
On the nose I found aromas of pepper, road tar and just a slight hint of a mineral whiff. This Pinot Noir is ready right now and was very drinkable with a nice amount of acidity and tannins and a slender bit of oak and strawberries. Not a deeply complex wine but I found it very enjoyable.
Really a fine new world Pinot Noir. Rich, dark, complex, full bodied, and a huge finish. Although i sometimes favor the lighter Willimate Valley, Oregon, PN, this wine rates very high. Apparently 2007 worked well in the Russian River area, while being so-so in Willimate Valley. I would give it a 93. A huge bargain at $13 from Safeway (super discount) . Huge.
This wine feels like cherries bursting in your mouth with every sip. I tried several California pinot noir wines recently and this one got my attention right out of the bottle. I ran right out and bought more.
External Reviews for Macmurray Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
The Russian River Valley is one of California's most celebrated sources of world class Pinot Noir. The region is blessed with strong maritime influences, specifically, a cool climate defined by the fog that follows the river valley to blanket the vineyards. Warm days and cool nights encourage distinct varietal characters in the ripening grapes. Early winegrowers planted Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Carignane, to make hearty, simple wines. Since the 1960's, however, the Russian River Valley has been home to the pioneers of New World Pinot Noir.
The Central Coast winegrowing region runs along nearly 250 miles of stunning California coastline. The region extends from San Francisco in the north all the way down to Santa Barbara in the south. The Central Coast region is planted to over 100,000 acres of wine grapes and includes 27 distinct appellations such as Sta. Rita Hills, Monterey, Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Barbara County, and San Luis Obispo County. The cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean and the diversity of soil types found in the Central Coast produce site-specific Pinot Noir grapes that lend themselves to blending harmonious wines.
From the former ranch of Hollywood star Fred MacMurray comes this lovely Pinot Noir, showing terrific intensity with plush, mouthcoating red-berry fruit ripeness. A very good value in California Pinot Noir.
The 2004 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast shows some toasty oak intermixed with plum, cherry, and underbrush. It is medium-bodied, soft, and ideal for drinking over the next 2-3 years.
Slightly more structured, darker-colored, richer, and muscular is the 2007 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast. It reveals floral notes along with sweet, autumnal vegetation, black cherry, and spice characteristics in its well-made, medium-bodied style.
The other Pinots include the tart, sweet and sour cherry, pomegranate, mossy, austere 2008 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast. Prices are very fair, and these Pinots should be drunk in their first 3-4 years of life.
88 Points - Robert Parker, December Wine Advocate Slightly more structured, darker-colored, richer, and muscular is the Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast. It reveals floral notes along with sweet, autumnal