The highlight among these current and upcoming releases, Jamie Kutch's 2011 Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch is drop-dead gorgeous. Savory herbs, dried flowers, black cherries and licorice all jump from the glass in this deep, layered wine. The 75% whole clusters come through only in the bouquet, as the fruit is so intense, they are barely noticeable on the palate. The balance of fruit, acidity and tannin is exceptional. I can't wait to see how McDougall Ranch ages. It is clearly one of the most impressive wines of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020. (AG)
The 2011 Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch brings together the richness of the Falstaff with some of the aromatic lift found in the Savoy. The most complex and nuanced of these 2011s, the McDougall Ranch is every bit as impressive as it was last year. Mint, rose petal, spice and plum notes wrap around the textured, beautifully layered finish. (AG)
This is notably more complex with its layered nose of spice, dried flowers, plum and dark pinot fruit aromas. There is good volume and concentration to the well detailed, dusty and mouth coating medium bodied flavors that display much better depth and a bit more length on the well-balanced finale. *outstanding*
Sutble, sweetish red fruit but not that extreme California sweetness that I used to find was a giveaway for CA Pinot Noir in blind tastings. Finely scented on the mid palate and the tannins are fine-grained but still give a definite grip at the moment. The finish is attractively dry and leaning towards savoury. (17/20 points) (JH)
A graceful style, boasting a supple texture, with savory cherry and wild berry fruit, revealing touches of dried herb and cedar. (Web only, 2013) (JL)
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