January 2016


    2013 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    92 Points, Wine Review Online
    “I appreciate this wine for its artful blend of my favorite Pinot characteristics — vibrant cherry fruit, dusty dry earth minerality, mild fall spice and a citric quality to the finish that refreshes the palate while lingering pleasantly. Another fine example of what’s turning out to be a spectacular vintage for Pinot Noir in California.” —Rich Cook, December 22, 2015

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast

    “The winery’s larger production offering, this is made from a handful of vineyards, including many used in vineyard-designates. Blending prowess shows in this wine that explodes in plum and clove. Tight, bright acid buoys flavors of strawberry, cranberry and orange, with a twisted funk of earth on the finish.” —Virginie Boone, May 2016

    90 Points, Wine Review Online
    “The color is deceiving. On the lighter side, it suggests this vintage of the MacRostie Sonoma Coast might be on the thin side. On the contrary, the flavors of strawberry and raspberry are rich and vivid, with soft tannins and a hint of oak spice. A surprise, yes, but a very pleasant surprise.” —Robert Whitley, December 15, 2015


    2014 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

    91 Points, Wine Review Online
    “Here’s a beautiful, meant-for-the-table Chardonnay that’s strong on lemon and pineapple flavors, delivered in a crisp, very dry style and leaving a long finish that brings some stony mineral notes forward to tame the tartness of the lemon. The oak spice is just right — a background note that adds complexity and doesn’t intrude. Serve this up with lobster tail or a halibut steak in a creamy sauce.” —Rich Cook, February 9, 2016

    90 Points, Wine Spectator
    “Presents a delicious core of vibrant grapefruit and lemon-laced tangerine and white peach notes. Those who value zesty acidity will love this, as the acidity keeps the flavors fresh and jumping. Drink now. 25,000 cases made.” – James Laube, 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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