2010 MacPhail Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.59, 155 cases, $49. Released spring 2012. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold maceration, indigenous fermentations, aged 11 months in 50% new French oak from multiple coopers. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. The fifth vintage from this iconic vineyard and always my favorite MacPhail bottling. Dijon 115 and 777 and Pommard clones. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. The nose is closed for business, offering subtle aromas of tobacco and oak with little dark fruit. Very soft and smooth in the mouth, with full-bodied flavors of black plum, black raspberry and blackberry with a hint of dark chocolate and cola. Very charming fruit that only offers a glimpse of its true potential. Much better integration of oak and a seductive fruit-filled finish. Don’t even think about opening this one for two to three years. Significantly more demonstrative aromatic and flavor presence the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good (+). Reviewed July 23, 2012

Winery: MacPhail Wines
From article: Tasting Pinot with Plenty of Noir