VOLUME 10, ISSUE 8
April 20, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Onward Wines: Pinot Noir & Pet-Nat Too Pellegrini Wine Company & Olivet Lane Vineyard: New Incarnation of a Heritage Estate Sips of Recently Tasted California Pinot Noir, Rosé & Chardonnay 2013 Knudsen Vineyards Chardonnay: Part of the New Wave in Oregon Pinot Briefs Winemaker Up Close & Personal:-Faith Armstrong-Foster of Onward Wines
MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
A boutique producer of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Merlot from Carneros and Sonoma Coast fruit. Estate grown Pinot Noir comes from the Wildcat Mountain Vineyard and a second Pinot Noir is offered from Carneros vineyards.
Steve MacRostie has had a winemaking career spanning over 35 years and is one of California's most respected veteran winemakers. He left University of California at Davis to become the inaugural winemaker at Hacienda Winery in Sonoma County where he spent twelve years. He founded MacRostie Winery and Vineyards in 1987, mastered the Carneros region, and developed a strong following. A winery was created in 1998. The winemaker since 2004 has been Kevin Holt, with MacRostie still engaged in blending decisions.
Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, bought by MacRostie and his partners, Nancy and Tom Lilly in 1997, straddles the Carneros and Sonoma Coast appellations. It produces his most distinctive Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot and Chardonnay.
Tastings at the winery at 21481 8th Street East #25 in Sonoma are available Saturdays from 11:00 to 4:30 and by appointment. Private estate tours and tastings are also offered by appointment.
Articles About MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
2012 MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
14.1% alc., 24,372 cases, $25, screwcap. Sourced from multiple Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Carneros and Russian River Valley vineyards. Whole cluster pressed, 100% MLF, aged 6 months on the lees in French oak barrels with occasional battonage, 18% of which were new. A few lots were fermented in stainless steel. · Light golden straw color and clear in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of lemon, jasmine and toasty oak. Welcoming flavors of apple, pear and citrus with a hint of nutty oak. Slightly creamy in the mouth with a bright, citrus-infused finish that urges the drinker to take another sip. Score: 89. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 MacRostie Russian River Valley Chardonnay
406 cases, $32, screwcap. The majority of the grapes were from Keefer Ranch and Dutton-Jewell Ranch, both in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley. Whole cluster pressed, partial MLF, aged on the lees for 9 months in French oak barrels, 21% of which were new. · Light golden straw color and clear in the glass. A solid offering featuring aromas of lemon-lime, fresh-cut apple and mango. Slightly viscous on the palate with flavors of citrus, apple, brioche and butter toffee, finishing with a wealth of apple flavor. Score: 88. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 4,174 cases, $34, screwcap. Sourced from Champlain Creek and Wildcat Mountain vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, Hellenthal Vineyard in Fort Ross-Seaview, and Dutton-Hallberg Ranch in the Russian River Valley. 100% de-stemmed, inoculated yeast fermentation, punch downs and pump overs, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 30% of which were new. · Moderately light ruby color in the glass. Aromas and flavors of cherry, plum and huckleberry with a complimentary touch of spice and oak. Soft and smooth in the mouth with balanced tannins and some finishing fruit presence. Easy to drink. Score: 89. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
763 cases, $38. Whole cluster pressed, 100% MLF, aged 10 months on the lees with battonage in French oak barrels, 21% of which were new. · Light golden straw color and clear in the glass. Demure but pleasing aromas of lemon rind, honey, juniper berry and toasty oak lead to tightly wound flavors of lemon, butterscotch, vanilla and toast with a hint of sea spray in the background. Distinctively different from the other MacRostie Chardonnays, this wine challenges the senses, and offers the most lingering finish. Score: 92. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 MacRostie Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 486 cases, $42, screwcap. Sourced from several vineyards. 100% de-stemmed, punch downs twice a day in 5-ton fermenters, aged in French oak barrels of which 26% were new, 31% one-year-old and the remaining neutral. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. The nose opens with appealing aromas of black cherry and dark raspberry, but oak-driven scents of char and tobacco smoke take over. More appealing on the palate where the wine is relatively light in weight with inviting elegance. Forward and easy drinking with a modest attack of Bing cherry, cola and sassafras flavors backed by lively acidity and mild tannins, the wine finishes with an array of darker stone and berry fruits. Score: 88. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 MacRostie Dutton Ranch Russian River Valley Chardonnay
281 cases, $44, screwcap. Whole cluster pressed, 100% MLF, aged on the lees with occasional battonage for 10 months in French oak barrels, 25% of which were new. · Light golden straw color and clear in the glass. A complex offering with plenty of aromatic goodness including scents of white peach, lemon rind, tangerine and floral bouquet. Very pleasing in the mouth with a slightly viscous texture, beautifully integrated oak highlights, and pleasing lemon and apple flavors. Great harmony, finishing with admirable tension and citrus infused delight. Score: 92. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 MacRostie Sangiacomo Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay
177 cases, $44, screwcap. Whole cluster pressed, 100% MLF, aged 10 months on the lees in French oak barrels. After assembling the blend, seven barrels were chosen, two of which were new. · Light golden straw color and clear in the glass. Plenty to like in this wine with hi-tone aromas of lemon curd, honeysuckle, vanilla and toast. Plenty of acidic verve compliments and lifts the lemon, pear and biscuit flavors. Good fullness and creaminess on the palate with a tangy, lemon and pear infused finish. Score: 90. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 878 cases, $48, screwcap. Mostly clones 667 and 777. 100% de-stemmed, inoculated yeast fermentation, combination of punch downs and punch overs, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 28% of which were new. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Alluring scents of cherry, raspberry, underbrush, spice and subtle oak. Seamless and polished, with mid weight flavors of cherry and red berries accented with a hint of spice and citrus. Very classy, with soft tannins and a dry, refined finish with impressive length. A sensual wine with nuance. Score: 91. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »
2012 MacRostie Goldrock Ridge Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.5% alc., 290 cases, $54, screwcap. Clones 777 and “828.” 100% de-stemmed, inoculated yeast fermentation, a combination of pump overs and punch downs. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 30% of which were new. · Medium reddish purple color in the glass. Inviting aromas of black cherry pie glaze, blackberry jam, oak cask and pipe smoke. Crisp and vibrant, with layers of flavor including dark red and purple berries, black cherry, anise and black tea. Veers to the riper side but retains impressive Pinot character. Lively acidity drives the refreshing and very lengthy finish which is highly satisfying. Score: 92. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »
2007 MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
14.2% alc., 1,000 cases, $30. Steve MacRostie owner, Kevin W. Holt winemaker. · Blackberry and plum aromas arrive over time in the glass with interesting nuances of underbrush, oak and Asian 5-spice. A husky, rugged wine featuring black raspberry and blackberry flavors backed by a good grip of citric acidity and complimented by an earthy, stem accent. The silky texture adds to the appeal. Very good. Reviewed November 24, 2010 ARTICLE »
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