From the vibrant purity of Wildcat Mountain Vineyard to the lushness of the Russian River Valley to the nerve and ethereal aromatics of the extreme Sonoma Coast
Using grapes farmed by legendary winegrowing families including the Duttons, Sangiacomos, Martinellis and Bacigalupis, MacRostie has assembled one of the Sonoma Coast’s most diverse vineyard programs. As a result, MacRostie’s Sonoma Coast wines are made using grapes from a who’s who of vineyard-designate-quality winegrowing sites—vineyards where marine influences, wind, fog, or elevation create the ideal cool growing environments for MacRostie’s pure, balanced and age-worthy style. At the core of MacRostie’s renowned vineyard program are five world-class winegrowing sites:
MacRostie’s stunning 13-acre estate Pinot Noir vineyard on Westside Road is also the home of the winery’s new tasting facility and purpose-built winery. Steve and Heidi oversee the farming of this young site, implementing new soil nutrition and irrigation protocols. In 2013, this exceptional young vineyard produced some of MacRostie’s finest lots of Pinot Noir, and is poised to become a cornerstone of the MacRostie vineyard program.
Planted by Steve MacRostie in 1998, and located in the cool Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma Coast, Wildcat Mountain Vineyard possesses an ideal mountain terroir and remarkable volcanic soils that consistently produce fruit with intensity and depth of flavor. Very close to the bay, yet 700 feet above sea level, this vineyard is windy, foggy, cool, and very stingy with its crop levels, which results in exceptional wines. This sustainably-certified vineyard is broken up into 18 different blocks spread across five fields, with a variety of elevations, exposures and soil types. Wildcat’s Chardonnay offers exceptional structure, sophisticated minerality and cool-climate “nerve,” while the Pinot Noir delivers sumptuous color, weight and black fruit character.
In 1967, Warren Dutton planted the first Chardonnay field in far western Sonoma. Today, sons Steve and Joe Dutton guide one of Sonoma County’s most successful vineyard operations. Recognized as one of the most important families in Sonoma County viticulture, the Duttons are extremely hands on as they guide their highly-skilled team. A multigenerational farming family that has been in the Russian River Valley and Green Valley AVAs since the late 1800s, they represent the strongest tradition of sustainable farming.
In the early years of MacRostie, Sangiacomo was the winery’s sole source of Chardonnay. This amazing family-owned vineyard is located along Sonoma Creek, and has vines planted between 1974 and 1994. Like the Duttons, the Sangiacomos helped pioneer Sonoma County viticulture by converting their properties from orchards to vineyards. In the years since, the Sangiacomos have established themselves as master viticulturists, renowned for the exceptional quality of their grapes.
Located just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean near the town of Annapolis, in what is often referred to as the “extreme” Sonoma Coast, Goldrock Ridge is a testament to the phenomenal wines that are possible at the extreme edges of cool-climate viticulture. The site features four clones of Pinot Noir planted in Goldridge sandy loam soils at an elevation of approximately 600 feet. The wines from Goldrock Ridge offer a brilliant wildness that matches the site itself.