2007 MacPhail "Pratt Vineyard" Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

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94 points Wine Enthusiast: "Here’s one for the cellar. It’s rich and ripe, yet the firm tannins and crisp acidity argue for time. Shows a complex heart of black cherries, red currants, cola, leather and smoky sandalwood that is frankly delicious. But the finish turns hard. Give it until 2011 to begin to show its stuff." (12/09) 91 points Robert Parker: "This small producer has turned out a gorgeous 2007 Pinot Noir Pratt Vineyard, made primarily from Dijon clones. It possesses a medium dark ruby color in addition to a big, spicy nose filled with black cherry, damp earth, and forest floor characteristics, a silky texture, and complex, supple tannins. It is already delicious, and should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 3-4 years. " (02/10) 90 points Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Both a bit riper and slightly more sturdy than its cellarmates, the Pratt Vineyard bottling is moderately full-bodied working that is, by a small margin, the toughest of MacPhail's many Pinots. That said, it is also a wine of considerable substance and depth, and, if beauty eludes it just now, it has the stuffing to grow for many years. Set it aside for another half-decade and tag it for drinking with a rack of lamb." According to Wine Spectator: "Starts with baked cherry, plum and hints of blackberry, turning more elegant, refined and detailed. Ends with a nice minerally dimension that reverberates. Drink now through 2015." (Web only, 2010)

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By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/5/2010  | Send Email
For those of you who like Pinot with a little more kick, this is a big, dark, chewy Pinot Noir that shows aromas of grilled meats, smoke and spice. The fruit is darker and a bit rougher around the edges, with a classic Burgundy cola note.

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Varietal:

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.
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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.
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California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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).