"The 2018 Pinot Noir MacLean's Block was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 32% new. It needs a little swirling to reveal classic notes of black and red cherries, warm raspberries, and chocolate box with hints of menthol, tilled loam, and cloves. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with red berry and earthy layers, supported by soft tannins and seamless freshness, finishing on a lingering minty note." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker The Wine Advocate, January 2021
Wines From This Vineyard
MacLean’s Block, named after Don and Jennifer Hartford’s son, was planted in 2000 when MacLean was just three years old. MacLean loves the vineyard site and its surrounding forest that is home to cougars, bobcats, wild turkeys and red-tailed hawks. It is an estate-owned vineyard, nestled near redwood groves on a beautiful northeastern facing slope, near the small town of Occidental. Scenic views of the Russian River Valley, Mount St. Helena and Geyser Peak make MacLean’s block one of the most beautiful vineyard locations in all of Sonoma County. The site is planted to Dijon 667 and 777 selections on Goldridge fine sandy loam soils. There is a true sense of the forest that surrounds the vineyard that carries through into this compelling expression of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.