From Steve MacRostie’s own fog-shrouded Wildcat Mountain comes this Pinot Noir, blended from just two blocks. 2013 was an ideal vintage, producing this wine of great distinction.
Dark garnet in color, the nose is layered with red cherry and cinnamon spice. The palate is dominated with cocoa and leather giving this wine a strong mid palate and a lengthy finish.
This vintage produced 887 (9L) cases.
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
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.
2013 had ideal temperatures and growing conditions. The fruit came in the door healthy, ripe and luscious. The grapes that made the Wildcat Mountain wine came from Arrow block and Hill block which were planted in 2002. The fruit was hand harvested in the cool early morning on September 10th, 2013.
The fruit was gently destemmed into small open-top fermentors, 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 pumpovers and punchdowns. The fruit, clone 115 from Arrow Block, is an early ripening Dijon clone that added lively fruit aromatics. The pommard from Hill block introduced structure and acidity. After 12 months of aging in exclusively French oak barrels, 43% of which were new and 14% were one year old, we bottled in October of 2014.