2012 MacPhail Pinot Noir Mardikian Vineyard
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $64.94 (reg. $79.94)
MacPhail couldn’t have picked a better vintage for their inaugural release of the Mardikian Vineyard Pinot Noir. A year of “radiant, silky, open-knit Pinots” (Vinous), 2012 offered extraordinary weather for Sonoma, particularly just around Sebastopol, which benefits from the famous Sonoma Coast fog. The result is a gorgeously vibrant Pinot of high toned red fruits with a dusting of spice and seamless texture, and evidence of MacPhail's commitment to this new site. We really can’t wrap our heads around how good this is, and from such a young vineyard! This is truly the site to watch as the vines mature.
MacPhail's single vineyard wines capture the personality and character of each site with balance and elegance. Despite the ample harvest of 2012, James MacPhail and grower Jim Pratt farmed the Mardikian Vineyard meticulously, being careful to keep yields low and select only the best fruit from this still youthful vineyard, resulting in a meager 283 cases.
Given how quickly MacPhail Pinot Noir tends to sell out, we were lucky to grab the parcel we did, and you can be sure it won’t last. At five years past the vintage, this is in a terrific spot right now. Very, very little of this is on the market and you won't find any vintages out there under $70. Cheers!