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2012 McEvoy Ranch  'Evening Standard'

2012 McEvoy Ranch 'Evening Standard' Estate Pinot Noir, Marin County *WE92

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Today's Wine Comments:

Famed for their world class olive oil, McEvoy Ranch won the rest of our dinner table with their stunning “Evening Standard” Pinot Noir. There’s nothing Standard about this cool climate Pinot from Marin County that Wine Enthusiast calls “plush” and “warmly luxurious.” Our sourcing team had to work fast to bring you this splashy deal at a price that ensures that “Evening Standard” can grace your generous table!

Dynamic Duo- There’s a partnership that naturally occurs in winemaking. From the vineyard (soil, clone, elevation, aspect), each hand that touches the vines and fruit on its way to the cellar has an impact. Which is why winemaker Blake Yarger and consulting winemaker Maurizio Castelli (we’re jealous of both names) work under the same philosophical moon in spite of being several time zones apart.

The 2012 The Evening Standard Pinot Noir is a cool-climate coastal wine with a balanced, old-world style that embodies the pioneering spirit of Nan Tucker McEvoy. A nearly perfect growing season coupled with the mild, maritime climate of our Marin County terroir resulted in the finest expression of our Pinot Noir to date. This vintage is brilliant ruby in color, with aromas of cherry, pomegranate, and cranberry, along with notes of sandalwood, rose, and black tea. This medium-bodied wine is lively in the mouth with flavors of complex red fruits and anise, with additional savory notes and finishes with a chalky minerality. This wine is ready to drink now and capable of aging several years in the cellar.

Led by proprietors Nan Tucker McEvoy and Nion McEvoy, we planted grapevines in 2006 in pursuit of wines that would complement our world-class extra virgin olive oil. We knew our very special parcel of land could produce something extraordinary if we were patient and deliberate in our plantings. In the early years, we experimented with different varietals, clones, and planting methods. This was part of our wine program evolution and the risk taking that is part of our DNA.

We now have five separate certified organic vineyards on 28 acres of land under the care of Farming Manager Ria D’Aversa, who confers with Winemaker Blake Yarger regularly, walking the vineyards together throughout the growing season and adjusting farming practices to bring out the best in each harvest.

The deep connection between being a custodian of the land and crafting artisan wines is one that we respect and adhere to as we develop our wine programs. For us, this includes having an active, rich biodiverse environment. This is good for the grapes, our olive orchards, and us.

Our unique vineyard location in west Marin County’s Petaluma Gap offers us distinct climate and varied soil types that are conducive to cultivating our estate plantings. The region’s microclimate guarantees that our vineyards are often shrouded in fog during the early morning hours and evenings, helping ensure steady, gradual fruit maturation. While the day’s temperature is pleasant, we experience dramatic diurnal swings with nighttime temperatures dipping low. Our site takes full advantage of this “wind tunnel” effect resulting in smaller vineyard yields, more moderate sugar levels, and grapes with optimum levels of acidity.

Our wine style reflects our home. We use native yeasts and farm several types of clones to bring out specific aspects in a wine’s flavor. We harvest our fruit with moderate sugar levels and use a combination of new and old French oak puncheons (500L barrels; 2.5 times larger than a regular barrel) as well as concrete and stainless steel tanks to lend character and texture without being overbearing. Our intention is to produce wines with an old world approach using the latest advances in farming.

Duck is fantastic with Pinot Noir. Make a cherry gastrique and add it to the duck. You will become the food and wine hero of the universe.

Wine Ratings

92 Points- Wine Enthusiast

95 Insider Points


Wine Reviews

"An excellent medium-bodied wine from an estate better known for its olives, this is dark in color but with a lighter, tawny rim. The complex aromas combine sweet baking spices with ample cherry and berry notes. Flavors kick in with juicy strawberry, dark cherry and subtle shadings of nutmeg and wood smoke. The texture is plush and almost soft, and the taste is warmly luxurious." - Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast

"The adjacent area of the San Andreas Fault zone and grown on the edge of reason the vineyard is at the base of the extinct Mt. Burdell volcano, the soils are primarily alluvial and volcanic clay, the red stuff that is all over upper Napa Valley and Howell Mountain except this is pinot country; 5 miles from the icy pacific ocean this highly complex pinot is a testament to the potential that remains mostly untapped in West Marin county just southwest of the Sonoma Coast petaluma gap. Do be mistaken; this is not a Sonoma Coast wine, this Pinot noir is more vibrant, and more mineral driven. Bold fruit core, dark in color, with a nose of Black cherry, Saline, and rose hips. The wine is layered with complexity due primarily to the site specific nature of the vineyards soil composition. Medium bodied and showcasing restraint. Picked in late October this wine has hang time that isn't comparable to any other pinot noir district. Highly recommended. Drink now or Hold for up to ten years in the cellar." - WB 5/17

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