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  • SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER

    Tasting ‘Sonoma Strong’

    by Lyle Norton
    December 3, 2017

    “Sonoma County has experienced tragedy from the recent fires. There was loss of life and property, and we all see areas of scorched earth where beauty once prevailed. The land will recover, and the community has begun the healing process with an outpouring of community support.

    Thanks to the efforts of firefighters and other public service personnel, most of the landscape remains unchanged, including our famous vineyards. Sonoma County is open for business, and the experience of great wine, food and natural beauty is very much intact. The following recommendations are intended to deliver it all for a memorable day-trip.

    …Leaving town and traveling west, Healdsburg Road, passing over Highway 101, soon intersects with the iconic Westside Road that weaves through the heart of the Russian River Valley. Not all estates along Westside Road are open to the public, but MacRostie Winery and Vineyards, Gary Farrell and Thomas George Estates offer special tasting experiences that focus on cool climate chardonnay and pinot noir. All of their single-vineyard releases feature noted local vineyards like Olivet, Durrell and Wildcat Mountain.

    They all offer a broad menu of tasting experiences, held in modish settings, that are both exceptional and pricey. Indulge yourselves while enjoying fine wines like the 2014 Gary Farrell Durrell Vineyard Chardonnay Sonoma Valley (94-pt). Reservations are required at each.

    …Sonoma wineries are surely open for business and many are dedicating profits to assist fire victims. Enjoy some of the finest wines on the planet and help Sonoma County rebuild itself. Your taste buds will thank you.”

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  • SONOMA MAGAZINE

    “Top 100 Wines of 2017”

    by Linda Murphy
    December, 2017

    Let’s be honest: Sonoma’s most acclaimed and highest-quality wines are expensive.

    Top-tier Sonoma Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, the current darlings of critics and collectors, command $60 a bottle and up. That’s painful for many of us, yet Sonoma wines are less pricey than Napa Valley bottles of similar quality. Heck, even some Napa types slink into Sonoma to source their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, so admired are our county’s grapes.

    While this list is studded with wines most would consider special-occasion purchases, there are also many reasonably priced bottles and some crazy-good values. In addition to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, our Top 100 showcases rosé — its popularity soaring now that sweet White Zinfandel is firmly in the rear-view mirror. ‘Red’ Zinfandel remains historically and deliciously important, with high-alcohol versions largely giving way to wines with balance and freshness. Sauvignon Blanc, Rhône Valley-style wines, Bordeaux varietals and sparklers are all represented here, underscoring Sonoma’s ability to produce a diverse range of fine wines.

    Drink up, in moderation.

    2015 MacRostie Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay
    “A new wine for MacRostie, it’s rich and polished, with unfolding layers of pear, green apple, hazelnut and caramel. The finish is lemony and brisk, making it a great mate for Caesar salad, grilled salmon cakes, chicken salad and seafood pasta.”

    2015 MacRostie Thale’s Vineyard ‘Terrace Block’ Pinot Noir
    “Named for Steve MacRostie’s wife, Thale (THAY-lee), this inaugural bottling from the estate vineyard on Westside Road is arguably the winery’s ‘biggest’ Pinot Noir. Yet it’s still balanced and refined, with silky texture and refreshing acidity carrying the juicy black currant and blueberry fruit and hints of mocha and spice.”

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  • 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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  • WINE SPECTATOR

    Touring Sonoma Grape by Grape

    by Tim Fish
    June 15, 2016

    wine-spectator-logoMacRostie’s single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs take center stage at its stylish new tasting room. Perched above Westside Road, the space offers sweeping views of the Russian River Valley, the distant Maya-camas mountains and Mount St. Helena. Visitors are met at the entrance with a glass of rosé or Chardonnay, followed by a sit-down tasting curated by a “wine ambassador.” Take a seat on one of the elegant outdoor patios or relax in the airy lounge and revel in the beauty of the scenery while learning about the different vineyards the label sources. Tastings range from a mini-vertical of Pinot Noir to a flight of six wines. You can also book a tour of the estate, which includes a private tasting paired with local bites.

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  • SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS

    Hot trend alert: Napa wine lounges, instead of tasting bars

    by Mary Orlin
    February 4, 2016

    sjmerclogo“The standard winery tasting bar is so 2012. Who wants to elbow their way in, just to taste a few $20+ sips? In Napa and Sonoma, the term tasting room is out — and ‘hospitality house’ is in. Instead of bellying up to the bar, you relax in intimate living rooms and wine lounges, served by a ‘wine educator,’ in lieu of a ‘pourer.’ And you don’t winery hop, you relax and stay a while. Here’s just a sampling of new winery tasting experiences.”

    MacRostie Winery and Vineyards
    “Sip wine in the winery’s new Estate House, where the patios overlook 13 acres of pinot noir vines, and the indoor lounge, with its soaring wood ceilings, concrete floors and modern industrial decor, boasts views from every angle. Try the Estate House Tasting ($20-$25), with MacRostie’s exceptional Russian River and Sonoma Coast chardonnay and pinot noir wines, or the Elevated Tour & Tasting ($55) of single-vineyard wines paired with savory bites.”

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  • WINE SPECTATOR

    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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  • WINE ENTHUSIAST

    Two MacRostie Chardonnays “Best of the Year”

    by Virginie Boone
    December 2015

    Wine Enthusiast2013 MacRostie Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay
    91 Points: Excellent; Highly recommended
    “From two blocks of the vineyard, this light, crisp, medium-weighted wine stays refreshing on the palate and remains complex in acidity. Nutmeg dances throughout its soft layers, while the finish burnishes in rich vanilla brioche.”

    2013 MacRostie Russian River Valley Chardonnay
    90 Points: Excellent; Highly recommended
    “From a vineyard site farmed by the Duttons called Matthew’s Station, this is a gentle wine, medium in weight, with nuances of green apple and fresh-squeezed lemon. Balanced, it offers a twist of toffee and oak beneath its crisper notes, finishing warm in nutmeg and ginger spice.”

  • THE DAILY MEAL

    MacRostie Winery Steps Into the Future: A warm and welcoming place to enjoy fabulous wine

    by Gabe Sasso
    November 13, 2015

    “…The experience at MacRostie is exceptional. From the moment I stepped out of me car I was greeted by a welcome wine, until I was bid farewell on the way out the door I had a fantastic time.

    To begin with, the room is warm and inviting with a welcoming wine country feel. There are a number of spots you can sit with different types of seating both inside and out. A lot will depend on your group size and some will depend on where you’re going to be most comfortable. The unvarnished truth is it would remarkably difficult not to feel at home anywhere on their property. There are several tasting options in a number of price levels and options that are suited for both small and larger groups. Some involve food pairing and a personal wine ambassador for the length of your stay.

    The experience at the MacRostie Estate House is as good as the wine has always been, which is to say fabulous…”

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  • 7x7

    9 Lovely Wineries You Must See Along Sonoma’s Wine Road

    by Garrick Ramirez
    September 3, 2015

    MacRostie Winery & Vineyards

    Designed by San Francisco’s Gould Evans, the stylish MacRostie Estate House raises the stakes for its tasting room peers. With interiors layered in warm wood, tan leather, and polished concrete, it feels more akin to the chic Wine Country abode of a well-to-do friend. Sip the region’s famed pinot noir and chardonnay as you take in sweeping, hilltop views through floor-to-ceiling windows or from one of three outdoor patios.

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  • WINE SPECTATOR

    The Art of Pinot

    by James Laube
    September 2015

    …“Both 2012 and 2013 delivered Pinot Noir of exceptional quality throughout Sonoma County,” says Steve MacRostie of MacRostie. “While the two vintages are quite similar, we are seeing a little more intensity and concentration in our 2013s.”

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  • San Francisco Chronicle

    MacRostie Estate House adds Aesthetic Impact to Westside Road

    by Paige Porter Fischer
    April 25, 2015

    SF-Chronicle-logo“Westside Road winds through some of the most picturesque vineyards in Sonoma, past hillsides that look like green corduroy, ribbed with grapevines producing some of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in California.

    The drive — beginning at Wohler Bridge, which crosses the Russian River, for which this valley is named — snakes through tunnels of statuesque oak trees, past weathered barns that beg for photos, and venerable wineries like Rochioli, Gary Farrell and Williams Selyem. But there’s one new driveway along this hallowed back road that demands that you put on the brakes…”

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  • Urban Daddy

    The Big Mac: An Idyllic Winery on Westside Road

    April 24, 2015

    Urban_Daddy_Logo“And suddenly it’s Friday.

    Might we suggest a jaunt to the MacRostie Winery and Vineyards, the esteemed estate that’s finally got a “What’s a new word for idyllic?” tasting room, open now.

    …And then you’ll find yourself gazing off into the sun setting on the horizon, working your way through one of the three tasting options (the “Evolution” is three pinots), and maybe, as a thought exercise, trying to come up with a single thing wrong with this entire scenario.”

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  • SONOMA VALLEY SUN

    Making Wine and Realizing Dreams

    sonomavalleysunby Greg Walter
    March 18, 2015

    “…it’s great to be able to write about a winemaker who has been a fixture here in the Sonoma Valley for decades who in the last five years or so has hit some truly high points on the “dreams realized” list.”

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  • PINOT FILE

    MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality

    princeofpinot-54-50pxby Rusty Gaffney
    January 22, 2015

    “[the wines] were highly approachable and elegant, with modest tannins and minimal oak overlay. The wines represent outstanding value relative to quality and should be sought out.”

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