If you were a fan of Fred MacMurray on 60’s TV, and you have not discovered his MacMurray Estate Vineyards, now is the time to do so. While MacMurray is no longer part of the Vineyards, his name and fame lives on. MacMurray Estate Vineyards have properties in several regions of California and the Vineyard produces some excellent Estate wines.
The MacMurray Estate Vineyards 2012 Central Coast Pinot Noir is an example of exactly that. The 2012, a quality Pinot Noir, directly from the Olson Ranch in the St Lucia Highlands appellation shouts out quality Pinot. The Olson Ranch is affected by seas breezes daily in the afternoon. The loam soil above classic limestone provides great drainage in an area which can (in normal years) get a significant amount of rain. Typical of many Pinots of the region, the soil and climate combination ends up producing Pinots with red cherry and raspberry as a backdrop to other aromas and flavors.
The 2012 Harvest followed a classic quality growing season. The weather was cool during much of the season, and the lack of major storms enhanced the growth of the grapes. In the fall, the weather warmed up, creating a bonus of superior fruit flavors in the final product.
At harvest, the grapes were destemmed. Rather than a hard crush, the grapes underwent a cold soak for several days. This soak added to the darker color of the juices and added to the final flavors. Most of the fermentation was in small batches, in open top containers. Temperatures during fermentation were controlled at 78° to 80°. This part of the fermentation took place to enhance the flavor and color of the end product. Post open fermentation the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged on its lees prior to bottling.
On opening the wine, aside from the silkiness of the liquid, the first impressions are of cherry, raspberry and pomegranate. Vanilla is present on the palate. For some of the wines opened, a touch of oakiness is encountered.
This is a delightful wine to try now, but it should improve over the next several years. Buying a case allows a trial now and 6 – 8 bottles to store for several years in your cellar.
Variety Pinot Noir
Appellation Central Coast
Alcohol Content 14.8%
Harvest dates: 10/2 to 10/22 2012
Aging 50% in French and American oak, 50% in stainless tanks
This is a nice wine, reasonably priced and worth the effort to seek out.
Have a winederful day!