MacMurray Ranch produces a variety of fine wines, with grapes grown locally on the Sonoma County Ranch and from grapes sourced from some of the best vineyards in Central California. The 2013 MacMurray Ranch Central Coast Pinot Noir is reflective of one of their Estate wines from their Central California holdings.
Actor Fred MacMurray purchased the original and namesake ranch from the Porter family back in 1941. This property was the beginning of the MacMurray line and was located in the Russian River area. Over the years, the label has grown and mow uses grapes from several prominent vineyards in Northern and Central California.
The 2013 MacMurray Central California Pinot Noir is constructed with grapes from the famed St Lucia Highlands. A significant portion of the grapes came from the Olson Ranch Vineyard and reflects the climate and terroir of the area.
MacMurray wines are under the supervision of winemaker Boyd Morrison, who works diligently to be sure the wines reflect the original spirit of MacMurray. While Morrison is interested in many varieties, he really enjoys working with Pinot Noirs and Pinot Gris. His passion is felt in the quality of this Pinot.
The 2013 Central Coast Pinot reflects both the land and the weather. The terroir for grape production at the Olson Ranch is suited for the growth of Pinot Noir. The weather during the 2013 was some of the best in recent history for the production of the grapes and their subsequent harvest. It was warm and moderately dry during the growing season with enough sun to allow the vines to mature and to produce quality grapes.
On the nose, the 2013 greets you with the florals of lavender, and moves toward berries after a few moments. The wine glides across the palate and leaves a residue of cherry with a touch of oak. It is gentle and appealing as it is consumed.
Surprisingly, this is a relatively strong wine when looking at the alcohol content. It came in at heady 14.2%.
This is a keeper. I recommend maintaining it for several years as I think it will continue to mature and develop. However, if you are like most casual wine lovers, you will drink the Pinot Noir now and enjoy it immensely. With an SRP of $23.00, this is a good buy.
Have a winederful day!