Single-Vineyard Pinot and Chardonnay at Its Best
No matter the continent, the collective importance placed by winemakers on one of wine’s most precocious varietals—Pinot Noir—is the vineyard. Not many varietals are so heavily influenced by the soils, climate, clones and site-specific characteristics as Pinot Noir. It’s precisely for this reason that Pinot lover’s across the globe make exploring this unique reflection of terroir a lifelong journey. The notion that “wine is art with a splash of science” is a credo MacPhail Winemaker Matt Courtney lives by, expertly showcasing each vineyard’s personality by simply allowing it to express itself in the glass.
Although the winery’s leadership team has evolved over the years, the commitment to producing fruit from vineyards with serious pedigrees has not waivered. Matt and team have grown their stable of estate and single-vineyard offerings to include wines from Toulouse and Ferrington vineyards in Anderson Valley; Gap’s Crown, Sangiacomo and Wildcat vineyards in the Petaluma Gap and Sundawg Ridge, Dutton Ranch and the famed Mardikian Vineyard located in the Sonoma Coast appellation.
Rich and Complex—Mardikian Vineyard Pinot Noir
Planted in 2008 and just under 10 acres, this idyllic vineyard nestled in the far western hills of Sebastopol near the Pacific Ocean is a Pinot winemaker’s dream come true. The soils are varied with a combination of sandy loam, conglomerate, sandstone, siltstone and claystone. Well-drained, and laden with organics, the surrounding redwood groves contribute to the distinct flavor profile and complexity of this cool-climate Pinot Noir making it one of MacPhail’s flagship expressions of Pinot done right. Now in its fourth vintage, the final blend includes six to eight different clones including Swan, 777, Martini, Mt. Eden and Pommard just to name a few. The wine is aged sur lie for a minimum of 16 months in French oak to craft a balanced, opulent wine which offers warm, Asian spices mingled with dark berry and plum fruit, touches of dark licorice/molasses and a slight salty note—a signature of its maritime vineyard location. The Mardikian Pinot Noir is definitely a connoisseur’s wine and one that should not be missed when visiting their tasting room located at The Barlow in Sebastopol in Sonoma’s West County.
To explore this wine and more, reserve their “Soil Room” Tasting. The seated tasting experience is set against a back drop of 4’x 8’ soil panels dug from several of their vineyard sites. Your wine host will explain the soil and clonal influences of each wine along with the winery’s history in Sonoma County. This fun and educational tasting is $30/person and available by appointment only at their website. To enhance your tasting, request an Artisan Cheese Pairing [$20/plate, serves 2] upon being seated. The rotating selection features local cheesemakers and seasonal jams artfully curated to pair with any of the MacPhail wines. No reservations are required for the cheese pairing.
For information on all of their tasting offerings, visit macphailwine.com.
Introduction to MacPhail Tasting
Offered Daily | $20/person
A perfect introduction to the wine portfolio featuring a tasting flight of current release wines, including Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs
Offered Daily | $30/person
Seated tasting includes a selection of the winery’s top-tier Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sun from 12-6pm
11am-8pm for The Barlow’s Third Thursday Street Fair
Special RESERVE Release Party
November 11 | 12pm-3pm
Sample the full range of the Icon wines along with celebrating the fourth release of the famed 2015 Mardikian Vineyard Pinot Noir. No reservations are required.