Named after our founder, Steve MacRostie’s, wife, Thale’s has been our estate vineyard since 2013. Planted as eleven different blocks, with each block featuring a unique combination of clone, aspect and soil type, it produces a complex and inviting wine with exotic floral aromas and mouthfilling layers of blueberry and black cherry. On the palate it is rich, round and sophisticated with a luxurious finish of sweet oak and juicy berry fruit.
The 2015 Thale’s Vineyard Pinot Noir has a dense garnet color. Exotic floral aromas are immediately noticeable as you go to taste this wine. On the palate, mouth filling layers of blueberry and black cherry are supported by sophisticated flavors of French Oak that provide a rich, round impression on the mid-palate. The finish is long and luxurious with hints of oak and juicy berry fruit.
This vintage produced 740 (9L) cases, 28 barrels
94 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
— Virginie Boone, June, 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
Our Thale’s Vineyard is located in the northernmost part of the Russian River Valley in an area known as the Middle Reach. Named after Steve MacRostie’s wife, Thale (pronounced Thay-lee), this has been MacRostie’s estate vineyard since 2013. The roughly fourteen acre property is partitioned and planted as eleven different blocks. Each block varies in clone, aspect, soil type and year planted, offering great complexity within our estate property.
The 2015 growing season was marked with low yields and warm weather. Blocks A, D, F2 and G went into this Pinot Noir and were picked on different days from August 19th to September 3rd, of 2015. The fruit was ripe and pristine when it came through our doors.
The fruit was gently destemmed into small open-top fermenters, using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to avoid any pumping of the must. Inoculation with a select yeast strain followed a three-day cold soak, and the caps were managed with a combination of pump overs and punch downs. This wine was aged for 12 months in 37% new French oak. It was on bottled August 1st, 2016.