MacMurray Russian River Pinot Noir Review

MacMurray Pinot Noir Review
Let's find out more about MacMurray Pinot Noir wine.

This is our MacMurray Pinot Noir review.

California is known for its Pinot Noir, as they were the first winemakers to bring the varietal to America.

Are you after a light, refreshing and silky Pinot Noir? 

This fruity light body Pinot Noir will win you over with its black and red fruit aromas and flavors and it will pair well with a vast variety of dishes, including fish.

Find below our MacMurray Russian River Pinot Noir full review along with our food pairings recommendations, serving tips, curiosity, and where you can buy it.

Let’s begin!

Our MacMurray Pinot Noir Review

3.9/5
  • Brand: MacMurray
  • Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
  • Region: United States, California
  • Tasting Notes: Black Cherry & Pomegranate notes
  • Glass & Serving: Burgundy / 55-64 °F (13-18 °C) / Don’t decant
  • Storage: Up to 3 years
  • Price Range: ~$30
  • Bottle Size: 750 ml

MacMurray Pinot Noir review: What's its color?

MacMurray Pinot Noir wine has a ruby color with thick falling legs.

If you want to know more about how to taste wine and the lingo that goes with it, check out this article: How To Taste Wine Like a Pro in 4 Steps.

What does MacMurray Pinot Noir taste like?

MacMurray Pinot Noir is entirely made from Pinot Noir grapes. 

On the nose, aromas of black cherry, pomegranate, raspberry, and a hint of spice.
 
On the palate, it’s silky with a light plus body and a medium plus acidity with flavors of ripe cherry, pomegranate, and a vanilla and spice finish.

Is MacMurray Pinot Noir sweet?

No, it’s not sweet. MacMurray Pinot Noir wine is a dry wine.

Dry wine contains less than 15 g/L.

Learn more about wine sweetness level here.

MacMurray Pinot Noir review: Which food pairs well with it?

MacMurray Pinot Noir is a very versatile wine when it comes down to food pairings. 

We find it pairs well with earthy flavors.

Classic appetizers are mushroom pizza, mushroom agnolotti, and caramelized cauliflower to name some.

Being a light Pinot Noir it pairs well with grilled fish like grilled salmon and swordfish.

Meat wise you have a wide selection here from duck, roasted chicken, pork, rabbit, and beef bourguignon for example.

If you are a cheese lover our recommendations for you are Taleggio (wash-rind), Comte, Cheddar (semi-hard) or Pecorino (hard).

MacMurray Pinot Noir review: What's its alcohol content?

MacMurray Pinot Noir wine’s alcohol content is 14.3%.

In case you wonder about alcohol content or more precisely Alcohol By Volume, i.e. ABV, measure the alcoholic strength of a drink.

There is a direct relationship between the sugar left in the wine after the alcoholic fermentation has taken place, i.e. Residual Sugar or RS, and ABV.

During alcoholic fermentation, the yeast transforms the sugar in the grape juice into alcohol.

Grapes with high residual sugar will therefore produce dry wine with a high ABV.

How many calories are in a glass of MacMurray Pinot Noir wine?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture [1] a 5-ounce glass will contain about 120 to 130 calories.

Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram. So a wine with high ABV will have a higher calories per glass than a wine with low ABV.

Furthermore, sugar contributes to the calorie count.

A dry wine will usually have 4 calories per grams vs a sweet wine that will have around 20 calories per grams of carbs, which include sugar.

What is MacMurray?

Here is an extract from the MacMurray website itself:

“Today, with deep roots in our historic ranch, MacMurray Estate Vineyards encompasses estate vineyards throughout the Russian River Valley and on California’s Central Coast.

Our collection of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris wines reflects our extraordinary cool-climate vineyards in regions renowned for Pinot Noir winegrowing.

Together with these new vineyards, our namesake MacMurray Ranch Vineyard—home of the original homestead and so much history—remains our heartbeat. 

Conclusion

California is known for its Pinot Noir, as they were the first winemakers to bring the varietal to America.

MacMurray is a light, refreshing, and silky Pinot Noir. It is definitely a good bottle although a bit pricey.

Ripe cherry, pomegranate, and a vanilla and spice finish will complement many dishes from veggie, pasta, a vast variety of red meats, and our beloved cheeses.

Try it with caramelized cauliflower, grilled salmon, or Pecorino cheese and it’ll be a delight. At least it was for me!😍

If you have never tried it, I’m not entirely sure what are you still waiting for?

Once you had it, we’d love to know your opinion, so reach out and let’s know what you think! Enjoy!

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