Vineyard: Wightman House

AppellationAnderson Valley
VarietiesPinot Noir

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2014 MacPhail Wightman House Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 119 cases, $55. Martini clone. Harvest Brix 24.0º. 100% de-stemmed. 5-day cold soak, inoculated primary and native malolactic fermentations, batonnage weekly for 3 months, aged 11 months on the lees in French oak barrels, 61% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose is primary, with mainly oak scents. Much more expressive on the palate in a full bodied style replete with luscious flavors of dark red and black berries. A husky, rugged and rustic wine that sports opulent tannins but still has a pervasive charm and can be enjoyed for its individuality. Score: 91. Reviewed August 17, 2016 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 MacPhail Wightman House Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., pH 3.80, TA 0.56, 132 cases, $55. Released spring 2012. 100% Martini clone. MacPhail is the sole producer from this tiny 2-acre vineyard. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold soak, native fermentations, aged 11 months sur lies in 50% new French oak from multiple coopers. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Light reddish-purple color in the glass. Perfume of black cherries, dark red raspberries, spice and rose petals. Moderately rich flavors echo the nose with very supple tannins. Pleasant and fruity, but the layers of toast and caramel secondary to aging in French oak are too much for my taste. More time in bottle should allow better integration of oak. Good. Reviewed July 23, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 MacPhail Wightman House Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.94, TA0.55, 66 cases, $55. 100% Martini clone. Aged 11 months in 66% new French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. An enticing and thoroughly seductive wine that offers an hi-tone perfume of dark berry jam, spice, vanilla and the slightest oak. Discreetly concentrated, earth-kissed flavors of blackberry and plum sauce with a hint of tar and oak. The texture is dreamy soft. Finishes dry with impressive persistence. Very little Martini clone is planted in the Anderson Valley so this is a very distinctive wine representing an impressive expression of this clone that will hold the interest of any serious Pinot Noir connoisseur. Reviewed September 2, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 MacPhail Vagon Rouge Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.57, 117 cases, $59. 5 hand-selected barrels. Sourced from Toulouse, Wightman House, Frattey Shams, Raye’s Hill and Ferrington vineyards. Aged 11 months in 100% new Tonnellerie Ermitage Medium Toast French oak barrels. · Moderately intense color in the glass. Shy nose offering aromas of cherry crisp, spice, briar and subtle oak. Soft and smooth on the palate with satisfying flavors of red cherries, cardamon spice, and sandalwood enrobed in firm fine-grain tannins. Nicely composed with oak playing a complimentary supporting role. Picks up interest over time in the glass and is even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Keep this one under wraps for a couple of years and then plan a special dinner around it. Very Good (+). Reviewed September 2, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »