2016 Wine Dark Sea Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Wine Dark Sea
By james Macphail
2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Putnam Vineyard
James MacPhail comes from a family well-known in Marin and Sonoma County since the 1880’s. Dairy farming is in his roots; however, when it became time to blaze his own trail, he chose wine, where the intersection of art and science is almost magical. After apprenticing with California Pinot Noir legends Gary Farrell and Merry Edwards, James developed a love for cool climate appellations. He launched his namesake brand in 2002 with a focus on Pinot Noir. Today James focuses his efforts on wine consulting for 3 small brands, with the tiny Tongue Dancer Wines brand as his personal project. When we began talking about this project James’ passion for the colder reaches of the Sonoma Coast was apparent. We together decided to focus his GrapeSeed project on those vineyards at the edge of the Coast in view of the Pacific, like this wine from the Putnam Vineyard which lies six miles from the ocean. We matched James brooding wine with an equally evocative name, Wine Dark Sea: The phrase first penned by Homer in the 8th Century BC. And to lend imagery selected a contemporary work by artist Tacita Dean which we believe perfectly captures the mystery of the Pacific Coast here in Sonoma. Ruby hued, dense and rich Pinot Noir displaying the acidity and gorgeous structure of grapes grown in the extreme edge of the Sonoma Coast. Beautiful layers of forest floor, wild berries and brambly spice wrapped in a velvet robe. This wine shows how incredible Pinot Noir can be in the hands of a master like James MacPhail.

Alcohol by Volume: 14.50%
Ring white
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