January 2015


    MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality

    princeofpinot-54-50pxby Rusty Gaffney
    January 22, 2015

    “[the wines] were highly approachable and elegant, with modest tannins and minimal oak overlay. The wines represent outstanding value relative to quality and should be sought out.”

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    A Scotsman and His Russian Chard

    Michael Cervin, January 19, 2015

    2012 MacRostie Russian River Valley Chardonnay – 91 Points

    “Steve MacRostie, whose family hails from Scotland, has been at the wine business for a long time debuting his first Chardonnay in 1974. It is merely one of many Chardonnay’s that clutter store shelves, right? Well yes, and no – it may sit aside other Chards, but this baby is the one you should be reaching for just now. The MacRostie 2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay is one of those wines that can please a broad variety of palates, specifically those people who don’t like Chardonnay. This wine has it all: acidity, creaminess, notes of melon, peach, green apple, judicious oak and vanilla, a weight in the palate and is actually definable unlike the majority of tedious Chardonnays (at either the $10 range, or conversely at the $60 price point which are over-oaked and heavy handed). What MacRostie manages to do with classic Russian River grapes is make a Chardonnay that truly represents what Chardonnay is supposed to taste like. If you think Chardonnay is a either a butter and oak bomb, or you think Chardonnay equates with beige, you need to try this. And once you do, a kilt and haggis may not be far behind!”

  • The Press Democrat

    This Week’s Wine Picks

    Peg Melnik, January 5, 2015

    2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    “This is a tasty pinot noir, crisp and lively. It has bright cherry fruit and a hint of pomegranate, with mushroom and cinnamon in the mix. It has great structure and balance, yet manages to have a lush texture. Lovely.”

  • Houston Lifestyles & Homes

    More Winners for Dinner

    January 1, 2015

    2012 Goldrock Ridge Pinot Noir

    “Here is another MacRostie Pinot to go with their Wildcat Mountain Vineyard — and just as good. Goldrock Ridge Vineyard sits at 780’ elevation near Annapolis — a few scant miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vines are low-yielding, producing high quality grapes with beautiful color and intense flavors. Only 12 barrels produced. Try with grilled salmon or roasted chicken and vegetables.”