Menu

PRESS HIGHLIGHTS

Reviews – Pinot Noir

  • PINOT NOIR

    2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast, July 2018

  • PINOT NOIR

    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
    Download Accolade

    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
    Download Accolade

    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

  • PINOT NOIR

    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

  • 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

  • PINOT NOIR

    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

  • PINOT NOIR

    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

  • PINOT NOIR

    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

  • PINOT NOIR

    2013 Goldrock Ridge Pinot Noir

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Light, clear and varietal, this ripe, full-bodied wine is balanced by a seasoning of forest floor, Christmas spice and cranberryorange. The fruit is elusive against the toasty oak and integrated tannin.” —Virginie Boone, October 2016

    93 Points, Wine Review Online
    “An intensely aromatic and beautifully structured Pinot Noir, with perfectly ripe fruit folded into a graceful embrace of gently toasted oak. With a whoosh of soft, plush tannins on the finish sealing the deal, MacRostie’s Goldrock Ridge definitely stands out from the rest of the pack of Golden State Pinot Noirs.” —Marguerite Thomas, Sept. 12, 2017

    91 Points, PinotFile
    “This vineyard is located a few miles from the Pacific Ocean near the town of Annapolis in the far western Sonoma Coast. Clones 777 and ‘828’ are planted in Goldridge sandy loam soils at an elevation of 780 feet above the fog layer. 100% de-stemmed, 3-day cold soak, inoculated yeast strains, aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 35% new. Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. This wine is nicely endowed with aromas and flavors of red cherry, strawberry, baking spices, blonde caramel and roasted nuts. Light to mid weighted, with gentle tannins, admirable elegance and plenty of Pinot personality.” —Rusty Gaffney, June 5, 2016

    93 Points, The Tasting Panel
    “Bright, ripe and juicy with tangy acidity and crisp cherry notes; fresh, lifted and savory.” —Anthony Dias Blue, May-June 2016

  • PINOT NOIR

    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

  • PINOT NOIR

    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

  • PINOT NOIR

    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

  • PINOT NOIR

    2013 Klopp Ranch Pinot Noir

    92 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Mighty Klopp fruit is hard to get, and the tiny production of this wine reflects the coveted nature of these grapes. Justice is done; this beauty shows funky, soft and floral characteristics that persist on the palate, along a streak of black cherry and chocolate.”
    —Virginie Boone, October 2016

  • PINOT NOIR

    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

  • PINOT NOIR

    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

  • PINOT NOIR

    2013 Manzana Vineyard Pinot Noir

    92 Points, “Cellar Selection”, Wine Enthusiast
    From a cool-climate site farmed by the Dutton family, Manzana is beguilingly floral in dried rose petals. Soft, sublime and tangy, the palate conveys orange and cranberry. Light in color, this wine offers plenty of body and weight, with fresh blackberry compote on the finish. The wine will age well; drink now through 2023. —Virginie Boone, May 1, 2016

    91 Points, The Tasting Panel
    Lush, dense and rich with meaty style; rich, deep and spicy; long and balanced – Anthony Diaz Blue, Feb. 1, 2016

    93 Points, Pinot File
    Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Orchard cherry aromas are accented with savory dried herb scents. Richly appointed and intensely fruity, with flavors of black cherry, black raspberry and pomegranate that saturate the palate. Despite its hefty sap and defined tannins, the wine retains a silky texture and elegance, making for easy drinking now. A charismatic wine with both power and gentility. – Rusty Gaffney, Jan. 17, 2016

    4 Stars, The Press Democrat
    “This is a pinot with some power behind it. Blackberry coupled with Bing cherry creates an intensity of fruit flavors. Notes of tobacco and pepper are in the mix. Bright acidity gives this weighty wine just the right lift. Lovely.” —Peg Melnik, August 10, 2016

  • PINOT NOIR

    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

  • PINOT NOIR

    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

  • PINOT NOIR

    2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

    92 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Dried herb, forest, berry and black peppery cola combine on the nose and palate to delirious effect, making way for a velvety texture of medium-sized body and weight. Sourced from several vineyards, including some estate, this wine satisfies on every level.”
    —Virginie Boone, October 2016

    92 Points, Wine Review Online
    “Quite seductive and elegant, the MacRostie Russian River Valley pinot had me at the first whiff of violets and spice. On the palate the wine delivers ripe aromas of blueberry, raspberry and plum, with a generous bit of heft. The finish is long and satisfying.”—Robert Whitley, July 5, 2016

    90 Points, Wine Review Online
    “Another winner from MacRostie. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, cola, leaf and moderate oak toast are carried on bright acidity and finish long – I’d give this a little bottle age to fully integrate the oak load and let the fruit speak its full argument.” —Rich Cook, June 21, 2016

    90 Points, The Tasting Panel
    “Smooth and juicy with black cherry and spice; tangy and fresh, balanced and long.” —Anthony Dias Blue, May-June 2016

  • PINOT NOIR

    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

  • PINOT NOIR

    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

  • PINOT NOIR

    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

  • PINOT NOIR

    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

  • 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

  • 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