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January 2017

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 The Key Chardonnay

    94+ Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2015 Chardonnay The Key is slightly closed at this youthful stage, giving glimpses at struck match, white grapefruit, lemon curd and honeyed white peach notes plus hints of orange blossoms and marzipan. Medium to full-bodied and offering a soft spoken, quiet intensity of stone fruit and citrus layers, it has a silken texture and long, mineral-laced finish. 75 cases were made.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Creamy thick, sultry and savory, this is a small-production wine made to impress and provide impact, which it does well. Baked apple pie dusted in cardamom is the lingering reward, buoyed in medium acidity and an armful of toasted oak.” — Virginie Boone, May 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2016 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay

    94 Points, Wine & Spirits
    Steve MacRostie planted this vineyard in 1998, at elevations rising to 700 feet in the Petaluma Gap. The soils are volcanic, the cool winds and fog accounting for the crunchy brightness of this wine’s flavors. It has the white-flower scent of fresh cream, that creaminess incorporated into the elegant texture. The ripe lime flavors last with the blue-sky clarity of the coast. —Joshua Greene, April 2018

    92 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2016 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay delivers notes of white peaches, ripe Golden Delicious apples and Bosc pears with hints of allspice, shaved almonds and chalk dust. The palate nails it with intense yet elegantly played apple and pear flavors, accented with plenty of toast and spice, and gives a long, refreshing finish. 1,595 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2015 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay

    92 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Earthy and slightly sulfurous in big oak, this full-bodied wine manages to grasp handfuls of bright acidity that persists through a wall of powerfully ripe tropical flavor. Aromas and aspects of citrus and white flowers contribute additional freshness.” — Virginie Boone, May 2018

    93 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2015 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay has a very spicy nose of ginger, nutmeg and allspice over a core of ripe pineapple and honeydew melon plus a touch of brioche. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in the spicy, tropical fruit flavors with a creamy texture and fantastic length. 945 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

  • PINOT NOIR

    2015 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir

    94 Points, Wine Advocate
    “Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir has a beautiful nose of red roses and violets with a chocolate-covered cherries core and wafts of garrigue and dried Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied with tons of perfumed red berries flavors and a silken frame, it finishes on a compelling minerally note. 640 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

  • CHARDONNAY

    2014 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay

    92 Points, The Tasting Panel
    “Toasty and lush nose; rich, dense and generous with elegant fruit flavors and crisp acid structure; long, deep and bright.” —Anthony Dias Blue, February, 2017

    91 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2014 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay gives notes of ripe apples and pears over hints of baking bread, crushed stones and allspice. The medium-bodied palate gives a good amount of elegant, understated savory and mineral flavors with a silken texture and refreshing finish.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, March 1, 2017

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    “This wine has a voluptuous rich-oak character, complemented by ripe apple and full-bodied concentration. It celebrates a warm, generous vintage in its ability to offer plenty of fruit and acidity, delightfully balanced by a lime chaser.” —Virginie Boone, March 2017

    92 Points, Wine Review Online
    The Wildcat Mountain bottlings always please me – great acid, complex interplay of fruit and winemaking choices, rich texture and crisp finish are there every vintage. The 2014 emphasizes apple, citrus, honey and a spicy note. This is my kind of cocktail white, but it’s also a player at the table alongside creamy fish preps. Another winner! — Rich Cook, Dec. 6, 2016

    91 Points, Pinot File
    Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. A polished, refreshing wine with clean aromas of lemon, pineapple and brioche leading to flavors of lemon, vanilla and toasty, buttery oak. Easy to drink, with uplifting energy, generous fruit flavors and admirable balance. Score: 91. — Rusty Gaffney, Dec. 1, 2016

  • PINOT NOIR

    2014 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    “Earthy in anise and blue fruit, this wine is inexplicably crisp and plush at the same time, showing the allure of the variety in its rose petal aromas. Medium-bodied and velvety, it follows through in cassis and pomegranate flavors.” —Virginie Boone, April 2017

    90 Points, Wine Advocate
    “Pale ruby in color, the 2014 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir gives notes of Bing cherries, cranberries and red roses with hints of wild thyme, underbrush and black pepper. Medium-bodied, understated and with a pleasantly earthy edge to the palate, it gives a good intensity of red berry flavors and firm grainy tannins, finishing long.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, March 1, 2017

    92 Points, Pinot File
    “Vineyard is owned by Steve MacRostie and his partners Nancy and Tony Lilly. The vines are planted in sparse volcanic soils and must withstand the maritime breezes off the Pacific Ocean. Vines planted in 1998 and 2000. Dijon and Pommard clones. The grapes were gently de-stemmed into open-top fermenters, 3-day cold soak, inoculated yeast fermentation, cap management with a combination of pump overs and punch downs. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels. Light ruby red color in the glass. Cozy aromas of cherry, spice and worn leather. Elegant in the mouth in a middleweight style, offering an array of juicy, dark red fruit flavors accented with toasty, smoky oak. Silky and easy to cozy up to, with a finish that lingers appealingly.” —Rusty Gaffney, Aug. 7, 2017

    92 Points, Wine Review Online
    “You can count on MacRostie’s Wildcat Mountain to deliver the food friendly acidity that makes for a fine table companion. This vintage focuses on bright red fruit with rich oak spice and notes of damp earth and mushroom adding complexity, finishing with a zesty feel that invites a revisit. If you’re starting to think Thanksgiving, this is a good place to start.” —Rich Cook, Aug. 15, 2017

    91 Points, JamesSuckling.com
    Aromas of cherry, lemongrass and orange peel. Medium to full body, tangy fruit and acidity combination and fresh finish. Drink or hold. — James Suckling, May 23, 2017

  • PINOT NOIR

    2013 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Light, clear and varietal, this wine is pungent in earth, chocolate, black tea and leather, medium- to full-bodied with remarkable offerings of sage, rosemary and savory mushroom. Cherry and cinnamon add to the intrigue and flavor.”
    —Virginie Boone, October 2016

    94 Points, Wine Review Online
    “I love wineries that stay true to a house style over the years, and MacRostie is definitely on this track, continuing to produce food friendly Pinot Noir with depth and complexity. This vintage of the Wildcat Mountain shows cherry, dusty earth, cinnamon, moderate oak toast and a touch of sea spray that commingle beautifully and remain integrate through the long finish that brings in a zesty character that keeps you fresh. Salmon time!” —Rich Cook, July 19, 2016

    95 Points, Wine Review Online
    “MacRostie’s Wildcat Mountain Pinot from this vintage is a firmly structured beauty that exhibits notes of violets and spice on the nose, with layers of blueberry and strawberry fruit, and fresh acidity that lifts the flavors. It finishes with a touch of leafy earthiness. A stunning wine that will only get better.” —Robert Whitley, June 28, 2016

    92 Points, PinotFile
    “This is an estate vineyard owned by Steve MacRostie and his partners Nancy and Tony Lilly located on a fog-shrouded mountaintop. Clones 115 and Pommard. 100% de-stemmed into small open-top fermenters, 3-day cold soak, inoculated yeast strains, aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 43% new. Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. The aromas of red cherry, baking spice and sandalwood draw you into the glass. This wine delivers more flavor than the light color would suggest. There is an earthy and feral side to the black cherry fruit, herb and mushroom flavors. The mid palate fullness is pleasant, the tannins are well-matched, and the wine finishes in classy style with panache.” —Rusty Gaffney, June 5, 2016