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McIlroy

McIlroy
2019 Zabala Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$40

McIlroy
2019 Zabala Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.2%
Dusty ruby color. Aromas of cherry preserves, pickling spices, lilac, ginger, and white peppercorns with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, intricate, long coconut, almond biscotti, fresh cut grass, and cafe au lait finish with moderate oak flavor. A complex, slightly spicy Pinot Noir with a well-rounded flavor profile and slightly smoky finish.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: cherry preserves, pickling spices, lilac, ginger, and white peppercorns
Taste Flavor: coconut, almond biscotti, fresh cut grass, and cafe au lait
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A complex, slightly spicy Pinot Noir with a well-rounded flavor profile and slightly smoky finish.

The Producer

McIlroy Wines

The Producer
8340 Blackney Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
USA
1 707-478-5200

Their Portfolio

89 McIlroy 2017 Bembey Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $40.00.
90 McIlroy 2017 Chock Rock Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Monterey County 13.7% (USA) $40.00.
92 McIlroy 2017 Clone 828, Pinot Noir, Carneros 13.9% (USA) $40.00.
90 McIlroy 2017 Aquarius Ranch Vineyard, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14.4% (USA) $36.00.
89 McIlroy 2017 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $24.00.
93 McIlroy 2018 Aquarius Ranch Vineyard, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.9% (USA) $36.00.
92 McIlroy 2018 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.9% (USA) $24.99.
90 McIlroy 2018 Bembey Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.1% (USA) $40.00.
92 McIlroy 2018 Vines & Roses Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $40.00.
92 McIlroy 2018 Watson Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
90 McIlroy 2019 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.9% (USA) $25.00.
90 McIlroy 2018 Chock Rock Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Monterey County 13.9% (USA) $40.00.
91 McIlroy 2019 Bembey Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $40.00.
88 McIlroy 2019 Reserve /Aquarius Ranch Vineyard, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14.1% (USA) $40.00.
91 McIlroy 2019 Zabala Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Arroyo Seco 14.2% (USA) $40.00.
94 McIlroy 2019 Vines & Roses Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $40.00.
90 McIlroy 2018 Reserve Vines & Roses Vineyard, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $60.00.

Pinot Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.