Mayro-Murdick is the original Pinot Noir offered on invino.com, and it's been a Member favorite since day one. The brain child of Mike and Tina Cox (Mike is the acclaimed Winemaker for Schug) this bottling underscores impressive artistry, using fruit from from Iund Vineyard, which is known for 30+ years of award-winning growing. Together with grapes from Sangiacomo Tallgrass, it’s a Pommard-based blend that shows why Carneros is one of the best wine regions for this ever-fickle grape.
Four reasons we love it:
• Pommard Precision. Most Pinot Noirs are a blend of several different clones; this is a Pinot Noir made primarily from one, the Pommard clone. Originating in Pommard, France, the clone is typically associated with the most robust, rich of Pinot Noirs (think deep flavors with rich mouthfeel).
• Wine of Place. An appellation-level Pinot with single-vineyard nuance, it’s the essence of Carneros, defining "over-delivery” at priced (well) under half its retail. It’s Pinot that takes on the appellation’s unique terroir for one grand palate pleasure.
• Cellar Worthy Quality. Wine our Panel found to have a terrific lingering effect (surpassing even its Carneros peers tenfold), its showing gorgeous drinking now, and promising further development over the coming years.
• Pinot Perfect. Ruby red in the glass, refined and wonderfully elegant, it’s a medium-bodied Pinot made for supple, easy drinking.
Nose with cherry, wild raspberry, brambly spice and some vanilla notes. Spicy cherry with cranberry and strawberry on the palate and layers of leather and spice with toasted cedar. This is still a very young wine with nice gripping tannin structure. Great acid with nice balance and a long fruit finish with a nice dose of mineral. Approachable now, but its best years are certainly ahead of it. - 92 TW
"Medium ruby color; deep, earthy cherry aromas with savory spice notes; ripe, earthy, stewed cherry flavors with smoky oak notes; good structure and balance; long finish. Earthy, rich Pinot with some age to it; drinking nicely now." - Pinot Report, 91 Points