On a recent trip to Sonoma, I discovered the wines of MacPhail. While I’m a bit late to the MacPhail party, it was not hard to develop a quick appreciation for their small production wines. The tasting was terroir-focused and went through the different soils and climates of Sonoma – focused mostly in and around Petaluma Gap of Sonoma Coast, and the Russian River Valley. The Pratt Vineyard sits in the Russian River Valley. It’s made up of sandy loam soils from the remains of inland sea that drained into the Pacific Ocean millions of years ago, and the vineyard receives morning coastal fog, and warm daytime temperatures.
The Vine Hill Road Chardonnay has a nose of bright lemon zest, honeysuckle, vanilla and honey. While I was thinking about this wine, I couldn’t help but imagine white flowers. On the palate, there was a clear minerality that brought a sense of balance and lifted the wine. There is plenty of acid to balance tannins that are present, but not overpowering and both help to create a pleasant, medium length on the finish. Recommend