Review: Wines of MacMurray Ranch, Late 2013 Releases
We just covered MacMurray Ranch a few months ago, now three more bottlings are hitting the market. Thoughts follow.
2012 MacMurray Ranch Pinot Gris Russian River Valley – Lots of green beans on the initial nose, but this fades a bit as the wine warms up. It ultimately reveals lemon, some pineapple, and some mango notes, with a brisk acidity to back it up. Touches of cinnamon and vanilla behind that. It’s an easy drinking wine, but the overall body is a bit too forward, and the balance slightly akimbo. B / $20
2011 MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir Russian River Valley – A pleasant and very light Pinot, with pleasant and simple raspberry aromas and flavors at the core. Cherries, fruit punch, just a hint of tobacco. Incredibly easy drinking, almost to the point where it comes across as watery. B+ / $28
2011 MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir Central Coast – Easy to drink, difficult to describe much about why. This is a strawberry-light wine, sweet and easy and full of life, but not a lot of nuance. Some green olive and mild cedar character is evident, but otherwise it’s berry-land all the way. That’s not a bad thing, though, particularly at 20 bones. B+ / $20