You gotta love James MacPhails aggressive style: you might notice his use of oak, but nearly always just to the point where varietal fruit qualities distinguishing his stable of top flight vineyard sources become all the more exhilarating. In the 2010 Pratt, a woodsy/spiced black cherry fruit concentration hits you with almost relentless, juicy intensity, supple and fleshy in the mouth, yet coiled and springy in the feel. After a brief hiatus, Mr. MacPhails return to this growth, farmed by Jim Pratt at the north end of Sebastopol Hills (as such, also falling within the Russian River Valley AVA) is something to write home about.
Randy Caparoso, Culinary Wine & Food Adventures March 25, 2012
Medium dark cherry red color; appealing, tart cherry, sous bois, tart orange nose; tasty, tart cherry, sous bois, tart orange palate; medium-plus finish.
Richard Jennings, RJ On Wine
… Amid jam-packed cherry fruit is an intense dark soil aspect and a savory herbal side, almost like wild ramps. A distinct oak tone lingers, and the fine quality of Sebastopols Pratt site radiates through it all, with a bit less amplitude, given the vintage.
Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle August 2012
90 Points/Highly Recommended
As appealing as a dessert pastry, this has raspberry and cherry fruit, with roasted almond, sweet vanilla and buttered toast flavors.
Not particularly complex, but it scores high on the delicious scale.
Steve Heimoff, The Wine Enthusiast August 2012
High-toned, vivid wild berry and raspberry flavors have a spicy, stemmy floral edge that adds dimension, finishing tight and persistent. Drink now through 2020.
James Laube, The Wine Spectator September 30, 2012