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Hollywood history grows in Russian River Valley

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McMurray Ranch has a new label but Hollywood and an iconic actor remains in its roots and heritage.

“Our namesake Russian River Valley vineyard, MacMurray Ranch, was once owned by movie and TV actor Fred MacMurray (“Double Indemnity”, “The Caine Mutiny”, “My Three Sons” and others),” said winemaker Chris Munsell. “He purchased the land in 1941. Our new name celebrates the breath of our estate vineyards throughout the Russian River Valley and the Central Coast.”

The winery’s 2013 pinot gris ($20) marks the first bottling under the new label MacMurray Estate Vineyards.

This varietal has luscious aromas and flavors of pear, baked apple, dried fig and white peach. It is expressive with fruit forward character and a plentiful mouthfeel that will improve with age.

The pinot gris was crafted from two estate vineyards –MacMurray Ranch Vineyard and Two Rock Vineyard.

The former offers cool and foggy to sunny climes. This results in seductive apple and baked spice notes. Two Rock‘s cool climate and sandy loam gives this pinot gris its peach and apricot flavors.

Pour this slightly chilled with rice dishes, especially a creamy white risotto with asparagus, shellfish and lobsters in Alfredo sauce or nutty cheeses.

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