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MacPhail Family Wines 2012 Sundawg Ridge Pinot Noir

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2012 Pinot Noir
Bottle Size: 750ml, 12/cs
Region: Sonoma County, CA


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Enjoy a VIP Single Vineyard Tasting for two at MacPhail Tasting Lounge @ The Barlow in the heart of Sonoma when you purchase this wine by the case (12 bottles). Keep the tasting certificate for yourself or gift to a friend. $30/pp value.

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Tasting Notes:

All Pinot Noir, all the time. That's the specialty of James MacPhail of MacPhail Family Wines. Quite particular in his vineyard selections, each wine is unique, characteristic of it's location and simply fabulous. 

Big, bold and always evolving, it shows spice and a characteristic earthiness, rich in red fruits led by wild cherry and offset by black cherry. There’s a smoky side that makes me yearn to demonstrate how to pair Pinot & barbecue, and the tannins are supple and lingering, lasting well into the night, which a glass of this rarely does, it’s that pleasing. I just can’t resist saying it: this dawg is definitely in the hunt and in fact, runs right on ahead. One notable critic said it best – "strikingly good.”

Tasting notes prepared by James MacPhail, MacPhail Family Wines' Winemaker.
  • Grapes
    100% Pinot Noir
  • Region
    Green Valley, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, CA
  • Production
    508 cases
  • Alcohol
  • Ageability
    Open now or cellar for up to 15 years
James MacPhail
About the Winemaker:
Sundawg Ridge Vineyard
About the Vineyard:

Located in the coolest part of Russian River Valley, the Southwest corner, Green Valley is one of the smallest appellations in Sonoma County. It is quite unique geographically and climatically, and is the most consistent of any North Coast appellation in terms of soil, climate and flavor.

The fog is Green Valley’s characteristic feature. The predominant soil type (60%) of this American Viticultural Area (AVA) is Goldridge soil, the most sought-after type in Sonoma County—especially for Pinot Noir. There is a wonderful cohesiveness among the Green Valley wineries; their wines share a distinctive flair.

Additional Winemaker Notes:
  • Clones: 115, Pommard, Calera
  • Grapes are hand-picked, hand sorted twice, 100% de-stemmed
  • 100% native fermentation
  • 100% native malolactic fermentation in barrel
  • Aged 11 months sur lie in French Oak, 45% new, balance once and twice filled
  • Bottled 100% unfined & unfiltered July 31, 2013
  • 93 - Robert Parker, Jr.
  • 90 - Tasting Panel Magazine
  • 90 - The Pinot Report
Read the back story of Winemaker James MacPhail on our blog site, The Daily Flight.
Food Pairing Suggestions:
Pinot Noir is synonymous with food in many parts of the world. With its lighter body and clean acidity, it makes for a versatile complement to most meals. Pair this wine with duck, lamb, chicken and turkey. Also try meatier fish, lighter pasta dishes and vegetarian items such as white pizza for a delightful combination. In addition, cheeses such as Edam, Gouda, Gruyere, light Cheddars and Chevre are excellent pairings. Fruit or nut based desserts should be considered.
About the Winery
MacPhail Wines Engage with the team at MacPhail Family Wines by visiting their Tasting Lounge at The Barlow in the heart of Sonoma. A welcoming atmosphere invites wine lovers to taste through a portfolio of award-winning, single vineyard wines by the talented winemaker, James MacPhail. Enhancing the tasters' wine knowledge are detailed information and visuals that illustrate how climate and soil impact the flavor profile of Pinot Noir. Learn more