August 2017

  • MacRostie Wins in San Francisco Magazine Best of Wine Country Awards

    SF LogoThe Best of Wine Country Awards recognize the wine country community for its excellence in all things that make wine country so great — the creative, innovative, philanthropic, eco-friendly and unique components of wineries we know and love. Earlier this year, we invited you to check out the award categories and submit your entries. All nominees had to be located in Northern California from Lake County to Carmel.

    On June 15th, 2017 The Best of Wine Country Awards Steering Committee voted on the final nominees and winners based on the nominations received online.

    On August 23, 2017 all nominees plus guests of San Francisco magazine gathered at The Pearl SF for a celebration and awards gala announcing the winners.

    We are incredibly grateful and proud to have been named ‘Best Winery in Sonoma’ and ‘Best Tasting Room in Napa and Sonoma’. Thank you to our extraordinary team, our partners and especially to our amazing guests.

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    2015 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    “This desirable appellation wine hails from several well-farmed vineyards, including the producer’s hillside Wildcat Mountain site in the Petaluma Gap. Apple blossom aromas lead to a taut body of ripe, balanced fruit—an exploration of pineapple and mango that’s food-friendly, with high-toned acidity.” —Virginie Boone, December 2017

    90 Points, Wine Advocate
    My personal go-to white at my local supermarket, the 2015 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is real Chardonnay class at a bargain price. It opens with notes of grapefruit, peaches and cream and honeyed toast with a touch of pineapple. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is purely fruited with a lovely suggestion of creaminess plus great intensity and length. With nearly 22,000 cases produced, I’m happy to report there should be loads of this to go around! —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, March 1, 2017


    2014 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

    92 Points, Wine Review Online
    This wine would surely win over even the anti-Chardonnay folks. Its savory dryness is balanced by fresh fruitiness, especially apple and citrusy elements, while the oak presence is more like a dash of spice than a heavy layer of flavor. The sublime duality of richness and delicacy, plus the wine’s palate embracing texture, is what truly sets MacRostie Chardonnay apart from the competition. – Marquerite Thomas, April 19, 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

    90 Points, The Tasting Panel
    Fresh and smooth with ripe fruit and creamy texture; rich and balanced with a firm core of acidity; mellow and long. —Anthony Dias Blue, Feb. 1, 2016

  • 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


    2013 Cummings Vineyard Pinot Noir

    92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    From a Charlie Chenoweth-farmed site, this wine is vividly marked by earth and mushroom with bolts of cherry and cranberry. Bright acidity complements a firmness of tannin and texture that flirts with being leathery, the finish all about cola spice. —Virginie Boone, May 1, 2016

    92 Points, Pinot File
    Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Vivid Bing cherry aromas leads to a light to mid weight styled wine fueled by black cherry, black raspberry, boysenberry and color flavors. Quite elegant, flawless integration of silky tannins and acidity, and noticeable length on the sumptuous finish. —Rusty Gaffney, Jan. 17, 2016

    92 Points, The Tasting Panel
    Lush, deep and spicy with ripe cherry and smooth texture; dense, ripe with sweet oak and a long finish —Anthony Diaz Blue, Feb. 1, 2016

    90 Points, Wine Advocate
    The 2013 Pinot Noir Cummings Vineyard is a small cuvée of only 200 cases. Beautiful dark strawberry and cherry notes jump from the glass, followed by a touch of earth and wood spice. Medium to full-bodied and more concentrated than the medium-ruby color suggests, this is a lush, crowd-pleasing Pinot Noir to drink over the next 4-5 years., March 2016


    2013 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    “The largest production offering of this variety for this producer, this features fruit sourced from a who’s who of local growers, including Sangiacomo, Dutton and Martinelli, in addition to the estate-run Wildcat Mountain Vineyard. The result is satisfyingly impressive in viscous oak, graham cracker and Meyer lemon. Tangy and flinty on the finish, it’s smooth and focused.” —Virginie Boone, February 2016

    90 Points, Pinot File
    “Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. Lovely aromas of ripe peach, Asian pear and lemon wafer. Bright, crisp and clean flavors of lemonlime with a lasting finish driven by citrus tang. Beautifully crafted with just a hint of oak adding interest.” —Rusty Gaffney, July 14, 2015

    90 Points, The Tasting Panel
    “Silky and juicy with bright, tangy citrus; fresh, racy and balanced; clean, lively and long.” —Anthony Dias Blue, June 2015

    90 Points, Wine Review Online
    “Combine moderate new oak, partial stainless steel, famous vineyards like Sangiacomo, Martinelli, Dutton and Wildcat Mountain, and the deft blending touch of winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen, and you get a lovely wine like this one. Restrained aromas of lemon and nectarine lead to a palate that delivers the nose elements with additional soft spice, minerality and a zesty finish that refreshes. Add a nice price, and you’ve got another winner from MacRostie.” —Rich Cook, August 4, 2015