January 2016


    12 Diverse Sonoma Chardonnays

    New reviews of rich whites from the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley

    by Augustus Weed
    January 18, 2016

    “Tax season is peeking around the corner, so now is a good time to take stock of your wine budget. We’ll help you stretch your dollar further with six exciting Chardonnays for $30 or less.

    Take MacRostie’s Sonoma Coast bottling for example. At $25, it offers plenty of zesty, citrus-kissed fruit and mouthwatering acidity, making it a welcome guest at the dinner table. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed, with some of the lots fermented in stainless steel to emphasize the bright fruit and aromatics.”

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    The Good Gets Better

    by Mary Ewing-Mulligan
    January 12, 2016

    “…MacRostie Winery’s Pinot Noirs have always landed in the positive camp for me. But even so, California’s – and especially Sonoma County’s – trend toward higher quality Pinot Noir has made those wines even finer…”

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    Technical Spotlight

    by Andrew Adams
    January 2016

    “Since Steve MacRostie founded his eponymous winery in 1987, the name MacRostie has meant high-quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A few years after launching the winery, MacRostie set up shop in a warehouse in the industrial area along Eighth Street East near the city of Sonoma. While the area has become a hotbed for boutique warehouse wineries in recent years, MacRostie’s may have been the first.”

    “Steve MacRostie built his brand’s reputation on quality wine and a national Chardonnay program out of an improvised warehouse space. The current owners’ goal of cultivating a DtC following for small-lot Pinots appears much more achievable today, as they now have a winery and tasting room to support that goal.”

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