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(Actor Paul Giamatti playing the lead character,Miles Raymond,in “Sideways”)  
What is or will be this characters lasting impact on the #wine world?   

(Actor Paul Giamatti playing the lead character,Miles Raymond,in “Sideways”)  

What is or will be this characters lasting impact on the #wine world?   

Pinot Noir: My Three Sons agree, it’s MacMurray Ranch

In the endless search to find good wine there are so many choices.  This time around I grab a bottle of 2007 MacMurray Ranch Russian River Pinot Noir.   Yes that is MacMurray, as in actor Fred MacMurray from "My Three Sons" fame.  Actor, rancher and patriarch of a California wine company, pretty impressive resume but what about the wine?  Not sure if this gets an Emmy, Certified Angus or 92pts Parker?  This is what I thought:

Color:  Light magenta but quasi-translucent.  Not as see through as some Pinot Noir. Bright and clear on the edges.   

Nose:  Ok so this is California Pinot Noir.  Tell tale fruit on the nose but I was expecting more cherry but there is a mix of black-ish fruit too and a bit of plum skin comes out with time.  The interesting piece is the whiff of dill and thanks to the oak treatmen there is a bit of nutmeg-y sweetness.  

Palate:  Lean to medium body and this fits into the Pinot Noir category nicely.  The oak in this kind of dominates my palate and I was a little disappointed.  The fruit is present but I feel like this wine was engineered to fit a certain style.  The saving grace is the balance of the acid and the finish which is long but nondescript.

Now that the tasting is over I must admit California Pinot Noir is not my favorite wine in general.  Yes, are there stand outs?  Absolutely.  The funny part is that I actually gravitate toward the fruit bomby, mindless quaffers when drinking California Pinot Noir. To me that is CA Pinot’s place. Sorry MacMurray Ranch but for this palate, you straddle the line of serious and easy does-it.  This would be a hit for many but at the retail price of around $25-$30 I would make this a bottle to pop for your friends that only drink Pinot Noir and save the Burgundy for when I visit.  Cheers!

Saint Clair “Vicar’s Choice” Pinot Noir 2008

Saint Clair “Vicar’s Choice” Pinot Noir hails from Marlborough, New Zealand. Marlborough is a popular name in the wine world and my fascination with the region really stems from 1 thing… Flight of the Conchords.  Honestly, I can be a bit of a wine geek but my excitement for this bottle is purely pop culture and comedy driven.  That being said I can still give it a fair pass over the palate.

The color is right on for a good Pinot Noir, muted ruby.  What I like is it is true to the varetial’s characteristic of being clear, see through and ruby hued.  As I pass it over my keyboard I can still read the keys and that is perfect.

On to the nose, my absolute favorite part in the tasting process.  After a tilt-and-swirl, this is not overly expressive on the nose but you definitely can pick out the red fruit.  What’s up red currant and cherries?  

After an elongated huffing session, on to the sip.  The fruit carries through nice and the cherries lead the charge.  On the attack the fruit is joined by a little wood, perhaps a little too much, but it all works in balance.  At mid palate we catch up with red currant.  The finish is fruity and the acid sums this up nicely.  Tannins are light and smooth.

This is a good drink.  Fruit forward is an understatement.  This Pinot Noir is asking you to the Fruit Prom and you just met.  Juicy style that really hits a home run as a quaffer with character.  If you love Burgundy this is not for you.  I love this wine as a Spring sipper.  Not overly complex and it has the delicious factor going for it.  For $12-$15 you should be happy.  Made to drink now.  Pair this with grilled portobello mushrooms or swordfish with balsamic glaze.  Cheers! (What, no points?  I’m in too good of a mood due to Flight of the Conchords reference and link…ok, Wine Advocate gave it 90pts)