October 2017


    2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    90 Points “Best Buy”, Wine & Spirits
    “A blend from seven vineyards, including Steve MacRostie’s Wildcat Mountain in the Petaluma Gap and four sites in Russian River Valley, this has warm notes of cherry pie and cedary scents of oak. Firm, fine-textured tannins keep the wine savory and spicy. Focused on oak, this should be best in a year or two.” —Joshua Greene, December 2017
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    90 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is pale ruby colored, with warm cherries, red currants, dried herbs and a hint of loam. Medium-bodied and elegant, this is a great expression of Pinot Noir at a modest price, with nice length and fine-grained tannins.” —Lisa PerrottiBrown, March 1, 2017
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    88 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “This wine combines fruit from several notable vineyards, including Goldrock Ridge, Thale’s Estate and Wildcat Mountain. Together, they drive a focused expression of smoky dark fruit and tart, moderate acidity. The fruit shows a depth of ripeness that’s intense, with a finish of spicy black tea.” —Virginie Boone, November 2017


    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

    90 Points, The Tasting Panel
    Bright, juicy and spicy with tangy cherry fruit and savory notes of earth and spice; light, crisp and long. — Anthony Diaz Blue, Feb. 1, 2016


    2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    90 Points, Wine Review Online

    “MacRostie’s Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is one of the best values in California Pinot today. It is made in a lean style, with firm tannins that hide much of the fruit at this stage, but lurking in the background there is plenty of strawberry, raspberry, cherry fruit aroma ready to surface as the tannins soften. If you hold this wine another year or two before opening, you may well be pleasantly amazed.” —Robert Whitley, Jan. 6, 2015

    90 Points, Wine Review Online

    “Rich black cherry and raspberry fruit are complimented with cinnamon, talc, mild dry earth and touches of mushroom make up aroma and flavor profiles in this nicely priced Sonoma Coast offering. Structured acidity and a long finish that shows a bit of damp earth suggests pairing with roasted meats with tarragon, rosemary and sage.” —Rich Cook, Dec. 16, 2014

    89 Points, Wine Advocate

    “The 2012 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast offers plum, cherry and berry fruit intermixed with earth and flower characteristics. This medium-bodied, seductive Pinot has no hard edges, so enjoy it over the next 3-4 years.” —Dec. 2014