2013 Vintage


    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


    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


    2013 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay

    94 Points, Wine Review Online
    “MacRostie chardonnays have always been among California’s finest. That’s a given. But when you combine the MacRostie skill with this grape variety and one of California’s legendary grape growers, it stands to reason the result will be magic in the glass. The 2013 MacRostie Dutton Ranch Chardonnay is an outcome that was oh-so-predictable. This vintage exhibits an oily texture with notes of lemon curd and pear, notes of baking spice and lively acidity to take the edge off the richness. Beautifully done.” —Robert Whitley, December 15, 2015

    92 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    “This is a hearty wine from a famous place, farmed by esteemed, long-time growers. Apple and pear skin show up first, with a baked quality to the fruit that never gets jammy. The wine stays light and bright despite its full-bod ied nature. Toasty lemon and fig compote finishes things off.” —Virginie Boone, May 2016

    92 Points, Wine Review Online
    “I like the MacRostie style in Chardonnay. It’s not over-oaked or overripe, so the tropical fruit aromas and flavors can speak clearly. Racy, cool climate acidity drives the dry mango and passion fruit flavors forward, and the oak spice and citrus are nicely placed in the background. A long, lip-smacking finish requires a second sip. And a third. Grilled halibut seems like a natural with this one.” —Rich Cook, December 22, 2015

    91 Points, PinotFile
    “Moderately light golden yellow color and clear in the glass. A nose with intent, offering scents of lemon oil, white peach, vanilla pod, crème brûlée and a fleeting floral note. Beautifully balanced with juicy flavors of lemon-lime and honey augmented with a deft touch of toasty oak. Highly enjoyable, with a pleasing cut of lemon-driven acidity on the uplifting finish.” —Rusty Gaffney, January 17, 2016

    90 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2013 Chardonnay Dutton Ranch, which comes from this iconic site in the heart of the Russian River, shows loads of lemon butter, tangerine oil, quince, a light-straw color with a greenish hue, medium to full body, great acidity and judicious and discrete use of toasty oak. This medium to full-bodied, pleasant Chardonnay should drink well for 3-4 years.”
    —Robert Parker, March 4, 2016

    92 Points, The Tasting Panel
    Bright and crisp with juicy fruit and good depth; silky, bright and balanced, long and fresh. —Anthony Dias Blue


    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


    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


    A New Pinnacle

    by Karen MacNeil
    September, 2016

    “An extraordinary surge in the quality of California Pinot Noir has caused Karen MacNeil to re-examine everything she thought she knew about one of the world’s most celebrated grapes”

    “I should say from the start that I’ve come to Pinot Noir reluctantly. It took me a long time to like Burgundy, for example. Initially, drinking red Burgundy was like being in a dysfunctional relationship. The highs were high, but the lows were too low and too frequent.

    MacNeils’s baker’s dozen to try
    2013 MacRostie Goldrock Ridge Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – 92 Points: Highly recommended
    I love the yin and yang of cool and warm flavors in this wine. Spiced cranberries (a cool flavor); Christmas pudding (a warm one). Counterintuitively and despite the alcohol listed on the label, the wine is light and ethereal at first, with long lingering lines of flavor. It resolves very slowly on the palate. Like the fade-out at the end of an old French film. Drink 2016-2026.”

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  • The Daily Meal

    10 Terrific New World Pinot Noirs

    by Gabe Sasso
    August 18, 2016

    “Pinot noir, one of the best wine grapes in the world, can also be one of the most frustrating. Great winemakers have been brought to their knees trying to master it. When planted in the right spot and tended carefully thereafter, it’s been responsible for some of the world’s finest wines. Thus, when many wine lovers think of pinot noir at its best, they naturally look towards Burgundy. However, there are plenty of New World wineries that are doing a very respectable job with the grape.

    Not everyone is successful, though. For every great producer out there, someone else is making horrible wines that say ‘Pinot Noir’ on the label but look and taste like anything but. Here are 10 pinot noirs from California, Oregon, and Chile, at a variety of prices, all of them true to this great grape — and also delicious.”

    2013 MacRostie Manzana Vineyard Pinot Noir
    “The well-known Dutton family, which has a long history of grape-growing in Sonoma County, farms the single vineyard the fruit came from. Aging took place over 12 months in 25 percent new French oak. Soft spice aromas waft from the nose here alongside fresh red raspberry. Rhubarb, cherry, and cranberry flavors are evident on the palate. Minerals, black tea, and wisps of sage appear on the finish. It’s all topped off by a sprinkle of sweet dark chocolate.”

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