2007 MacPhail Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

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92 points Wine Enthusiast: "A blend of two Sebastopol vineyards, this Pinot shows the fine qualities of the vintage. It’s bone dry and quite crisp, with complex flavors of red cherries, red licorice, cola and spicy new French oak. Really elegant. Drink now through 2011." (09/09) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Sour cherry and rhubarb are joined by light cedary oak, anise and floral scents, giving this a nice range of flavor, depth and complexity, with a long, full-bodied finish. Drink now through 2014." (08/09) 90 points Robert Parker: "There are over 750 cases of the 2007 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, which comes from Dijon and old California clones. Its deep ruby color is followed by notes of seaweed, forest floor, roasted herbs, red currants, black cherries, and spice. The wine’s seductive, velvety-textured, plump, round, delicious style combines the best attributes of the hedonistic and intellectual schools of winemaking. Enjoy it over the next 4-5 years." (02/10) 90 points Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "If the least expensive of the MacPhail clan, this young, brightly fruited bottling is, for the present at least, the most engaging of the bunch. Its lively, well-focused themes of sweet cherries and lightly-laid-on oak set it on the right track early on and persist through to a firm, but lingering finish. It is not among the more bombastic Pinot Noirs to be had, but its precision and balance win it high marks indeed."

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Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/5/2010 | Send Email
James MacPhail’s Pinots are some of the most elegant I’ve tasted all year. One of my favorites of his line-up was the 2007 Sonoma Coast. The color is a dark plum, and its first impression is of figs and cherry cola. Then you stick your nose in the glass again and out comes the violet, herb, black cherry and brighter red fruit undertones. The mid-palate is full of crème de cassis, dark chocolate, espresso bean, forest floor and a bit of truffle. Elegant, fine-tuned and feminine.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5