2007 MacPhail "Ferrington Vineyard" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

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94 points Wine Enthusiast: "MacPhail continues its string of super 2007 vineyard-designated Pinots with this compact, fine young release. It’s a bit tight now in acids and tannins, but shows a warm, sweet heart of cherries, raspberries and cola that should emerge with a few years in the cellar. Just beautiful. " (112/09) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Elegantly styled, offering ripe, delicate plum, black cherry, wild berry and raspberry fruit, with hints of rose petal and mineral. Ends with a clean, layered finish. Drink now through 2015. 376 cases made." (02/10) 90 points Robert Parker: "The dark ruby-hued 2007 Pinot Noir Ferrington Vineyard (also from Dijon clones) reveals more herbal, earthy aromas intertwined with delicate blueberries, cherries, and a hint of flowers. A wine of finesse, elegance, intriguing intensity, and impressive balance, it should drink nicely for another 4-5 years." (02/10) 90 points Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Aggressive oak spice may step out ahead of this wine's nicely ripened, black-cherry fruit at the moment, but there is lots of the latter, and the wine sports the kind of depth and substance to ensure a fine future. Fairly full-bodied with a bit of tannin teaming up with its obvious acids, it only just hints at suppleness now and will need a few years of rest in the cellar to reach its full stride."

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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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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.