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    2016 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    93 Points: Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “This is a richly built wine, with flavors of juicy black cherry and baking spice. Citrus-driven acidity offers length to the full-bodied palate.” —Virginie Boone, February 2019

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    2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast, July 2018

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    2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    90 Points “Best Buy” “Year’s Best Pinot Noirs”, 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.” —Josh Greene, December 2017 & April 2018
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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

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    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

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    2016 Fedrick Vineyard Pinot Noir

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Light and bright in strawberry and spicy cardamom, this wine is also alight with coffee and tea flavors and an abiding element of earthy mint.” —Virginie Boone, November 13, 2018

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    2015 Goldrock Ridge Pinot Noir

    91 points “Year’s Best Pinot Noirs”, Wine & Spirits
    “An ambitiously oaked wine with staying power, this has plenty of richness and weight for that oak to polish, but there’s also some fragrance underneath, hinting at citrus and persimmon, promising to add detail to the flavors with time. This grows at a vineyards in Annapolis, in the northwestern corner of the Sonoma Coast.” —Josh Green, April 2018

    94 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “This impressive wine is luxurious in candied strawberry, dark cherry and meaty game—a full-bodied expression of earthy goodness that stays within a varietal framework of lasting acidity. Lushly textured, its freshness is buoyant in orange citrus and cardamom seasoning.” — Virginie Boone, May 2018

    93+ Points, Wine Advocate
    “The pale ruby-purple colored 2015 Goldrock Ridge Pinot Noir offers up ripe red currants and red cherries on the nose with hints of violets, dark chocolate, menthol and black tea. Full-bodied and laden with bright, vibrant red berry layers, it has a plush, fine-grained texture and wonderful freshness, finishing on a lingering mineral note. 553 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

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    2014 Goldrock Ridge Pinot Noir

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    Light and delicate, this wine also offers a lushness to the texture, finding a balance between the two spectrums. Cranberry and strawberry dot a landscape of earthy tobacco and cola-laced oak, finishing with a bold taste of dark chocolate. —Virginie Boone, June 1, 2017

    91 Points, Wine Advocate
    Pale to medium ruby colored, the 2014 Goldrock Ridge Pinot Noir is scented of black cherries, black raspberries and garrigue with touches of lavender and underbrush. Medium bodied and delicately played on the palate, it has a fine backbone of silky tannins and lively acidity, finishing long. —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, March 1, 2017

    93 Points, JamesSuckling.com
    Bramble berry and lemon rind aromas follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish. More fruit forward in style but shows an intensity and beauty. Drink now or hold. —James Suckling, May 23, 2017

    93 Points, The Tasting Panel
    Bright berry nose; juicy and crisp with racy acidity and tangy red cherry fruit; smooth, lively and lush; elegant and deep; charming and long. —Anthony Diaz Blue, February 2017

    96 Points, Wine Review Online
    What jumps out in this vintage from Goldrock Ridge is the freshness of the fruit on the palate. This wine is loaded with notes of blue fruits and spice without going down the path toward jammy, baked aromas. The acidity is bright and refreshing, the tannins firm but beautifully integrated, and the finish is long and impressive. Drink now or hold for up to five years. —Robert Whitley, March 21, 2017

    Four Stars, The Press Democrat
    A lovely pinot that’s layered with notes of blackberry, blueberry, herbs and tobacco. Bright acid. Lingering finish. Well crafted. —Peg Melnick, January, 2017

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    2014 Hellenthal Vineyard Pinot Noir

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    Earthy cherry and cardamom seize the palate at first, before a tang of pomegranate and cranberry sneaks in to provide freshness and minerality. Tannic in its youth, this medium-bodied red also offers a minty note of black tea. —Virginie Boone, April 1, 2017

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    2016 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Silky in delicate layers of strawberry and light spice, this wine builds power and concentration as it opens in the glass, becoming darker and more brooding in fruit. Baking-spice and black-tea components give it a savory edge that works well in the larger context.” —Virginie Boone, February 2019

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    2015 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast, July 2018

    92+ Points, Wine Advocate
    “Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Pinot Noir Klopp Ranch is just a tad reduced on the nose, giving way to a core of black berries and mulberries with touches of baking spices and violets. The palate is medium to full-bodied with mouth-filling black fruit flavors and savory layers, finishing long and chewy. 110 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

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    2014 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

    90 Points, Wine Spectator
    “Deceptively complex and nuanced, featuring touches of ripe cherry, raspberry and cranberry, with subtle notes of dusty, loamy earth and savory herb. Maintains focus on the persistent aftertaste. Drink now through 2023.” —Jim Laube, Sept. 30, 2017

    93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    Bold and ripe, this wine traffics in earthy wild raspberry, strawberry, mushroom and nutmeg. Ethereal despite its weight and breadth, it’s made in a classic style and is deliciously varietal, a showcase of a great site in a great vintage. —Virginie Boone, Feb. 1, 2018

    91 Points, JamesSuckling.com
    Dried berry and lemon rind aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, lots of sweet and sour fruit character and a medium finish. Fresh and easy. Screw cap. Drink now. —James Suckling, May 23, 2017

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    2016 Manzana Vineyard Pinot Noir

    92 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Juicy, with a medium-built backbone of intense fresh acidity, this wine is savory in spirit and style, with large helpings of black tea, cardamom and forest pine. The fruit component is defined in cherry, cola and vanilla.” —Virginie Boone, November 13, 2018

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    2015 Manzana Vineyard Pinot Noir

    93 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The pale to medium ruby colored 2015 Pinot Noir Manzana Vineyard has an earthy nose of forest floor, fungi and truffles over a black cherries and black raspberries core plus a waft of mocha. Medium to full-bodied with plenty of black berry and earthy characters and a plush texture, it finishes long and fruity. 181 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

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    2014 Manzana Vineyard Pinot Noir

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    This is a big, meaty wine that wears its youthfulness on its sleeve, showing a touch of reduction and assertive oak. Beneath its wall of ripeness, black licorice, cherry and pomegranate characteristics are buoyed by a depth of thick tannin. —Virginie Boone, April 1, 2017

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    2016 Putnam Vineyard Pinot Noir

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Baked strawberry is enveloped by wraparound oak in this concentrated full-bodied wine. Exotic aromas of rose accompany the fruit as substantial tannins ride along and tighten the texture.” —Virginie Boone, February 2019

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    2016 Rodgers Creek Pinot Noir

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Smoky and reduced, this is a dense, tannic and boldly flavored wine, its flavors a mix of black tea, baked orange and red currant. Baking spice notes pierce the finish.” —Virginie Boone, February 2019

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    2015 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast, July 2018

    91 Points, Wine Advocate
    “Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley features crushed red cherries and cranberries with earthy nuances and a waft of baking spices. Medium-bodied and possessing great finesse and freshness, it has a long, earthy finish. 482 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

    93 Points, Wine Review Online
    “A vibrant, cherry forward nose with balanced notes of dry earth minerality and brown spice. This is currently fairly oak spice forward on the palate, but promises full integration with a little bottle aging. The MacRostie Pinots have a great track record for aging, so buy with confidence.” —Rich Cook, December 4, 2018

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    2014 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

    90 Points, Wine Review Online
    “MacRostie has the ability to do more than 70 small fermentations with their Pinot Noir, which makes for a huge palette to select from when blending their appellation bottling. This vintage features just four lots in the final blend, and it shows tart cherry and blackberry fruit alongside notes of tea and dry earth minerality, with bright acidity making it a fine mate for herb crusted salmon or pork.” —Rich Cook, July 26, 2016

    90 Points, Wine Review Online
    “Continuing in the same vein as the exceptional 2013 vintage, MacRostie’s basic Russian River Valley pinot is a shining example of a more elegant, restrained style. It exhibits inviting red-fruit aromas, hints of spice and mouth-watering acidity on the palate. This is a superb food wine and ready to drink now.” –Robert Whitley, July 12, 2016

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    2016 Terra De Promissio Pinot Noir

    93 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Minty in forest pine and seductively silky, this wine is wickedly sauvage and complex, offering delicately layered flavors of wild strawberry, black tea and crushed rock. The tannins are supportive and supple.” —Virginie Boone, November 13, 2018

    94 Points, Wine Review Online
    “A bright razzleberry – my term for raspberry and spice intermingled perfectly – aroma profile invites, and the palate delivers the promise, with citric acidity enlivening the fruit and carrying the spice through a bold, lingering finish. A great solo glass for fans of enthusiastic elegance, or pair with game bird or roast pork. Who know great quality could be this much fun?” —Rich Cook, December 4, 2018

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    2015 Thale’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

    94 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “This wine is fruity, fresh and lengthy, with expansive layers of blueberry, strawberry and flowers. From the producer’s first estate vineyard, it offers lasting impressions of earth and spice.”
    — Virginie Boone, June, 2018

    93 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2015 Pinot Noir Thale’s Vineyard is pale ruby-purple colored and scented of kirsch, cranberry sauce and rose hip tea with hints of underbrush and lavender. Medium to full-bodied with great poise and expression in the mouth, it features very fine, silt-like tannins and a lively lift to the finish. 740 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

    96 Points, Wine Review Online
    “A beautifully elegant vineyard designate from a spot that’s new to me, and no doubt will soon be sought after if it’s not already. High toned cherry, cola and cinnamon aromas entice, and lead to a palate that shows optimal balance between silky texture and acidic pop, showcasing the flavors promised by the nose and finishing mouth-watering and lively all at once. Expertly executed!” —Rich Cook, April 10, 2018

    90 Points, Pinot File
    “Steve and spouse Thale founded MacRostie together in 1987. Thale’s Vineyard surrounds the winery’s new home in Westside Road in the Russian River Valley. The winery’s first estate vineyard. Clones 2A and 23. 100% de-stemmed, inoculated with yeast after a 3-day cold soak. Aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 37% new. Moderately light garnet color in the glass. The nose offers a combination of fruity black cherry aromas and savory notes of earthy flora, herbs and toasty oak. Light to mid weight in style, offering flavors of Bing cherry and purple grape with an accent of baking spice and herbs. Somewhat reserved in character, but displaying satisfactory mid palate intensity and a juicy finish.” – Robert Whitley, Jan. 20, 2018

    Four Stars, The Press Democrat
    “This is a full-bodied pinot with notes of black cherry, blueberry and toast. It’s buoyed by crisp acid with plenty of upfront, generous fruit. Impressive.” —Peg Melnik, March 13, 2018

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    2014 Thale’s Vineyard Pinot Noir

    90 Points, Wine Advocate
    “Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2014 Pinot Noir Thale’s Vineyard is scented of red cherries, raspberry preserves, dried herbs and fertile earth. Fresh, medium-bodied and elegantly styled, the palate is soft and fruity with good length.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, June 2017

    93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    From a vineyard in the Middle Reach area of the appellation, which is relatively warm, this shows an intensity of earthy forest and black tea as well as cardamom. Velvety thick, it has a freshness of acidity that buzzes along on the palate, prompted by flavors of cranberry, cherry and tangerine. —Virginie Boone, Feb. 1, 2018

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    2015 The Loch Pinot Noir

    94 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The medium ruby-purple colored 2015 Pinot Noir The Loch has a lovely fragrance of kirsch, red roses and baking spices with hints of raspberry tart, potpourri, fallen leaves and truffles. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm frame of fine-grained tannins and great freshness lifting the intense red fruit flavors, finishing long and perfumed. 92 cases were made.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Savory spice components of cardamom meet black tea and forest floor in this powerful rich wine. A blend of the best blocks and barrels from several vineyards gives it a complex set of flavors and textures, from delicate and elegant to structured and age-worthy. Best 2020–2025.” —Virginie Boone, February 2019

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    2014 The Loch Pinot Noir

    91 Points, Wine Spectator
    “Generous plum, blackberry and raspberry form the core flavors. Moderately rich and deep, with a lingering persistence that brings the tea-laced tannins to the forefront. Nice length. Best from 2018 through 2024.” —Jim Laube, Sept. 30, 2017

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    2016 Wildcat Mountain Pinot Noir

    94 Points, Wine Review Online
    “Carneros’ highest elevation brings us a spicy, brightly acidic Pinot Noir with a lively nose of tart cherry, rhubarb and spice, all coming through as palate flavors in typical MacRostie style – there’s real food friendly verve here, with a touch of stemmy character adding depth without interfering with the purity of the fruit. Holiday fare awaits a deserving partner.” —Rich Cook, December 4, 2018

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “This is a soft, delicate and lightly styled red from the appellation, earthy and quietly rich in caramelized oak and baked cherry. It has a nice balance of nutmeg and cola on the finish.” —Virginie Boone, February 2019

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    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

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    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

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    2016 Wohler Vineyard Pinot Noir

    94 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “A bright floral fragrance of rose rises seamlessly on the nose of this wine, as a full-bodied concentration of black raspberry develops on the palate. Asian spice, forest floor and black tea underline its varietal power and exoticism.” —Virginie Boone, February 2019