October 2014

  • Sonoma Valley Sun

    Great Local Highlights from Pinot On The River

    Greg Walter, October 30, 2014

    “This past weekend found me at the 11th annual Pinot On The River Festival Grand Tasting… I decided to put together my list of these local Pinot stars. If you like Pinot and don’t know about these wineries, get out there and find them.”

    MacRostie Winery and Vineyards

    “Steve MacRostie has been making Pinot Noir in and around Sonoma and Carneros for more than four decades, starting his career just out of UC Davis in 1974 at Hacienda Wine Cellars. Today MacRostie Winery produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, in a balanced, high-toned style with Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley as the focus. The vineyard designate wines are deep and complex and promise even more interesting wines to come.”

  • Pinot Noir

    2014 Cummings Vineyard Pinot Noir

    3 1/2 Stars, The Press Democrat
    “A bright pinot with notes of cherry, cedar, cocoa and mineral. Light and lively. Tasty.”
    —Peg Melnik, August 24, 2016


    2014 Goldrock Ridge Pinot Noir

    96 Points, Wine Review Online
    “What jumps out in this vintage from Goldrock Ridge is the freshness of the fruit on the palate. This wine is loaded with notes of blue fruits and spice without going down the path toward jammy, baked aromas. The acidity is bright and refreshing, the tannins firm but beautifully integrated, and the finish is long and impressive. Drink now or hold for up to five years.” —Robert Whitley, March 21, 2017

    93 Points, The Tasting Panel
    “Bright berry nose; juicy and crisp with racy acidity and tangy red cherry fruit; smooth, lively and lush; elegant and deep; charming and long.” —Anthony Dias Blue, February, 2017

    Four Stars, The Press Democrat
    “A lovely pinot that’s layered with notes of blackberry, blueberry, herbs and tobacco. Bright acid. Lingering finish. Well crafted.” —Peg Melnik, Jan. 10, 2017