MacMurray Estate Vineyards Pinot Noir Central Coast 2012

Fred MacMurray was an actor who played many roles. You wouldn’t know what the man was truly like, just by seeing him in a movie.

The same thing applies to the Pinot Noir from the MacMurray Ranch (which the actor used to own). You would never know from the words “Pinot Noir” printed on the label that the grapes inside were actually made from Pinot Noir. There seemed to be no relationship, at least in the 2012. Perhaps that’s because the MacMurray Ranch is located in the Russian River region of Sonoma County, but the grapes came from Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties. Or perhaps it’s just not great winemaking.

The wine has aromas and tastes of light red. I suppose that’s not a flavor, but it will have to do. It is a pleasant color, a brightness to the red. A touch of spice, though not any particular spice. Slightly oaky. A little of this, a little of that, and a lot of nothing in particular. Oh, yeah, bright red cranberry/strawberry fruit, some vanilla too. The wine isn’t terrible or even bad. It’s just disappointing.

Under $15 or even less if you know where to go. And if you don’t know where to go, we can tell you where to go.

2 mehs out of 5.

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