From Steve MacRostie’s own fog-shrouded Wildcat Mountain comes this Pinot Noir, blended from several blocks. 2014 was an ideal vintage, producing this wine of great distinction.
Dark garnet in color, this complex and alluring wine displays a nose layered with aromas of red cherry and cinnamon spice. On the palate sophisticated elements of cocoa and leather combine with the red berry fruit and spice, giving this wine a strong mid-palate and a lengthy finish.
This vintage produced 1100 (9L) cases.
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
The grapes for this Pinot Noir came exclusively from our Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, owned by Steve MacRostie and his partners Nancy and Tony Lilly. Here the vines dig into the sparse volcanic soil and stand firm against the strong winds that race in off of the Pacific Ocean most afternoons. This fog-shrouded mountaintop vineyard is a classic Sonoma Coast site, cool and challenging, and produces wines of great distinction.
2014 had ideal temperatures and growing conditions. The fruit came in the door healthy, ripe and luscious. The grapes that made the Wildcat Mountain Pinot Noir this vintage came from a few different blocks of Wildcat Mountain. The first was clone 5 grapes from a prized original block planted in 1998. The rest of the grapes were from vines planted in 2000, and feature our Arrow Block clone 667 and 115 grapes, as well as more clone 667 grapes from our Saddle Block. The fruit was harvested by hand in the cool early mornings of September 10th and 22nd.
The fruit was gently destemmed into small open-top fermenters, using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to avoid any pumping of must. Inoculation with select yeast strains followed a three-day cold soak, and the caps were managed with a combination of pump-overs and punch-downs. Blending fruit from different areas of the vineyard and different clones gives this wine depth and complexity. The clones of Pinot Noir from Arrow Block are early ripening Dijon clones that add lively fruit aromatics. The clone 5 introduces structure and acidity. Saddle Block is an area of the vineyard that is very exposed to the wind, which creates dense earthy aromas and a long finish to the wine. After 10 months of aging in exclusively French oak barrels, we bottled in August of 2015.