Although it’s August, there is a sense of change in the air that is a harbinger of cooler weather on the calendar. Now is the time for reach for MacMurray Ranch’s two different, food loving pinot noirs.
Winemaker Chris Munsell crafted his 2011 Russian River Valley pinot noir ($28) from three vineyards in Sonoma County. Laguna Ranch contributed boysenberry and lavender note, dark fruit characteristics originated from Del Rio vineyards fruit and Two Rock provided smoother mouthfeel and forest flood cool-climate characteristics.
Most of the wine was aged eight months with some racking. French oak – new and used –gave off vanilla and caramel aromas.
This medium-bodied pinot has rich raspberry aromas with cascades of cherry, red currant and boysenberry flavors.
Munsell said his favorite pairing with this wine is a whole leg of lamb.
Most of the grapes for MacMurray’s Central Coast pinot noir ($23) were selected from the Santa Lucia Highlands hillside blocks. The vines here have little top soil and great water drainage, resulting in intensely flavored berries. Focused planting allowed superb sun exposure and even fruit spacing.
In the glass, this selection displays ripe strawberry and cherry aromas with pomegranate and cola flavors and whispers of toasty oak and vanilla.