MacMurray Russian River Pinot Noir 2013
In 1941 actor Fred MacMurray (he of My Three Sons fame) bought some land north of San Francisco, and raised cattle. After he passed, his children knew what valuable property the “MacMurray Ranch” had become, smack-dab in California’s famed Russian River Valley, so daughter Kate started MacMurray Estate Vineyards, which now makes Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir can be a very hit and miss proposition. It’s a temperamental, thin-skinned grape, which can yield tremendous flavor in the hands of expert winemakers, or lifeless drizzle otherwise. What’s great about a good Pinot is it’s light enough for salmon, but complex enough to hold up to richer meats. If you’re ever in a pinch at a restaurant wondering what to order for your group at a restaurant, you can usually win by picking Pinot Noir; it tends to make everyone happy.
So what about this particular Pinot, the 2013 MacMurray Russian River Pinot Noir?
One word: YUM!
I like my Pinots beefier, and this one delivers with aromas of coffee and ripe cherry, and robust flavors of juicy raspberry, balanced with a nice, dry finish.
Fred MacMurray, you wily son of a bitch. Your progeny have created a beefy, character-filled pinot on your former ranch. Its smokey, tannic tastiness lives up to the noir in Pinot Noir. Though I'm a chick typically disinterested in Pinot, can I be one of your three sons?
- Producer: MacMurray Estate Vineyards
- Region/Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir
- Vintage: 2013
- Alcohol: 14.2%
- Price: $18
It's not the cheapest wine available, but for $18, you can expect a memorable Pinot!