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The Malibu Vineyard Rambla Pacifico Pinot Noir 2007, Available Now!

October 19, 2010

Awesome label by Kim McCarty!

We love our wine! And we are so thrilled to be able to offer it to you in our New York and Santa Monica restaurants, and for purchase by the bottle.

Here are some tasting notes, by Michael’s Santa Monica general manager and sommelier, Andrew Turner:

A Pinot as original as its place of origin, this wine features fruit grown on an acre and a half around Michael McCarty’s home on Rambla Pacifico in Malibu (15 to 20 miles from the nearest AVA), at 650-foot elevation and with an unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean. The wine is, in its texture and flavor, truly unlike any other Pinot Noir in the world. The site is warm enough that the 2009 harvest yielded over 2 tons per acre and was completed more than a month before most California Pinot Noir (by August 19). Yet it’s cool enough, thanks to direct ocean-air influence, to ensure up-front acidity and back-palate mouthwatering-ness reminiscent of the Willamette Valley or the southern parts of the Côte de Beaune. The nose is a heady mixture of crushed rose petal, just-ripening strawberry, and rainwater, with a touch of something earthy that is not quite a mushroom. On the palate, the strawberry flavor is first fresh-picked and then like preserves on buttered toast, and is bolstered by cherry-cola and dried-cherry notes. The earthiness on the nose broadens and encompasses definite mushroom, menthol, and Epoisses cheese flavors. The upfront acidity keeps the wine from feeling too full across the palate, while the mouthwatering finish makes this wine pair exceptionally well with gamier poultry such as squab, quail, and duck.

Drink now through 2015.

For more information on The Malibu Vineyard, click here; or, if you’d like to taste this fabulous wine, just come to either of our restaurants and we’d be happy to pour some for you!

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