Macphail The Flyer 2016
Every wine I put in the bottle is made with the same approach – capture all the potential in the glass without having to augment or subtract. I believe less intervention in the cellar makes a better wine. My goal is to craft a seamless wine where every component is in balance. I approach every wine with precision – the vineyard brings all the complexity and the oak should simply be the background and support the fruit not take the lead role. It is easy to be seduced by the bright hues and youthful nature of The Flyer – fresh berries, smoky notes and earth tones lead the aromas on this classic Sonoma Coast blend. Rich and dense upon entry, there is a ton of complexity and provocative layers of black fruits – specifically dried cherries and black raspberries that are supported by beautiful acidity and silky tannins. A hint of vanilla oak sweetness shows through a lengthy and persistent finish.
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast|
Wine AdvocateMedium ruby-purple colored, the 2016 Pinot Noir The Flyer is scented of crushed red cherries and raspberries with touches of wild thyme and black pepper plus a waft of rose hips. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with vibrant, youthful red berry flavors with a velvety texture and plenty of freshness, finishing long and fruity. 605 cases were made.
Wine EnthusiastA top-tier blend from several vineyards, this playful Pinot is full bodied and well built. It's robustly rich, ripe and firm in tannic structure. The oak supports flavors of juicy wild strawberry and raspberry as well as a persistent earthy note, while the finish offers lingering hints of vanilla and cola.
VinousThe 2016 Pinot Noir The Flyer is laced with the essence of sweet tobacco, cedar and dried flowers, all of which lend considerable aromatic lift. Dried cherry, orange peel, mint, cinnamon and star anise give the 2016 an air of exoticism that is quite appealing. I would prefer to drink the 2016 over the next handful of years. Most of the fruit is from Sangiacomo.