January 2017


    2016 The Key Chardonnay

    93 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Briny lemon and tangerine lift a creamy lush personality buoyant in complementary and well-integrated acidity. This wine offers a wealth of succulence and complexity, trafficking in bold flavors and structure.” —Virginie Boone, February 2019


    2015 The Key Chardonnay

    94+ Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2015 Chardonnay The Key is slightly closed at this youthful stage, giving glimpses at struck match, white grapefruit, lemon curd and honeyed white peach notes plus hints of orange blossoms and marzipan. Medium to full-bodied and offering a soft spoken, quiet intensity of stone fruit and citrus layers, it has a silken texture and long, mineral-laced finish. 75 cases were made.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Creamy thick, sultry and savory, this is a small-production wine made to impress and provide impact, which it does well. Baked apple pie dusted in cardamom is the lingering reward, buoyed in medium acidity and an armful of toasted oak.” — Virginie Boone, May 2018


    2016 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay

    94 Points, Wine & Spirits
    Steve MacRostie planted this vineyard in 1998, at elevations rising to 700 feet in the Petaluma Gap. The soils are volcanic, the cool winds and fog accounting for the crunchy brightness of this wine’s flavors. It has the white-flower scent of fresh cream, that creaminess incorporated into the elegant texture. The ripe lime flavors last with the blue-sky clarity of the coast. —Joshua Greene, April 2018

    92 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2016 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay delivers notes of white peaches, ripe Golden Delicious apples and Bosc pears with hints of allspice, shaved almonds and chalk dust. The palate nails it with intense yet elegantly played apple and pear flavors, accented with plenty of toast and spice, and gives a long, refreshing finish. 1,595 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

    91 Points,
    “Some rich peaches in a bright yet ripe style that delivers a succulent array of round and fleshy, spicy peaches on the palate, ahead of a toasty, grilled-hazelnut finish. Drink now. Screw cap.” —Nick Stock, November 22, 2018


    2016 Wildcat Mountain Pinot Noir

    94 Points, Wine Review Online
    “Carneros’ highest elevation brings us a spicy, brightly acidic Pinot Noir with a lively nose of tart cherry, rhubarb and spice, all coming through as palate flavors in typical MacRostie style – there’s real food friendly verve here, with a touch of stemmy character adding depth without interfering with the purity of the fruit. Holiday fare awaits a deserving partner.” —Rich Cook, December 4, 2018

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “This is a soft, delicate and lightly styled red from the appellation, earthy and quietly rich in caramelized oak and baked cherry. It has a nice balance of nutmeg and cola on the finish.” —Virginie Boone, February 2019


    2015 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay

    92 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Earthy and slightly sulfurous in big oak, this full-bodied wine manages to grasp handfuls of bright acidity that persists through a wall of powerfully ripe tropical flavor. Aromas and aspects of citrus and white flowers contribute additional freshness.” — Virginie Boone, May 2018

    93 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2015 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay has a very spicy nose of ginger, nutmeg and allspice over a core of ripe pineapple and honeydew melon plus a touch of brioche. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in the spicy, tropical fruit flavors with a creamy texture and fantastic length. 945 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

    94 Points, Wine Review Online
    “From the highest elevation in Carneros area, where stressed vines and volcanic soil combine to produce a dinner party companion, one showing vibrant fruit in the apple, pear and citrus camp, with gentle oak spice deepening and warming the wine. The oak treatment gives a soft entry but doesn’t interfere with the racy acidity that keeps things crisp through the lip-smacking finish. There’s great push here, with delightful freshness and a lithe feel. From sipping to fish and fowl pairing, this is a winner.” —Rich Cook, December 4, 2018


    2015 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir

    94 Points, Wine Advocate
    “Pale to medium ruby-purple in color, the 2015 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir has a beautiful nose of red roses and violets with a chocolate-covered cherries core and wafts of garrigue and dried Provence herbs. Medium to full-bodied with tons of perfumed red berries flavors and a silken frame, it finishes on a compelling minerally note. 640 cases produced.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018


    2014 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay

    92 Points, The Tasting Panel
    “Toasty and lush nose; rich, dense and generous with elegant fruit flavors and crisp acid structure; long, deep and bright.” —Anthony Dias Blue, February, 2017

    91 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The 2014 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay gives notes of ripe apples and pears over hints of baking bread, crushed stones and allspice. The medium-bodied palate gives a good amount of elegant, understated savory and mineral flavors with a silken texture and refreshing finish.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, March 1, 2017

    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    “This wine has a voluptuous rich-oak character, complemented by ripe apple and full-bodied concentration. It celebrates a warm, generous vintage in its ability to offer plenty of fruit and acidity, delightfully balanced by a lime chaser.” —Virginie Boone, March 2017

    92 Points, Wine Review Online
    The Wildcat Mountain bottlings always please me – great acid, complex interplay of fruit and winemaking choices, rich texture and crisp finish are there every vintage. The 2014 emphasizes apple, citrus, honey and a spicy note. This is my kind of cocktail white, but it’s also a player at the table alongside creamy fish preps. Another winner! — Rich Cook, Dec. 6, 2016

    91 Points, Pinot File
    Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. A polished, refreshing wine with clean aromas of lemon, pineapple and brioche leading to flavors of lemon, vanilla and toasty, buttery oak. Easy to drink, with uplifting energy, generous fruit flavors and admirable balance. Score: 91. — Rusty Gaffney, Dec. 1, 2016


    2014 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
    “Earthy in anise and blue fruit, this wine is inexplicably crisp and plush at the same time, showing the allure of the variety in its rose petal aromas. Medium-bodied and velvety, it follows through in cassis and pomegranate flavors.” —Virginie Boone, April 2017

    90 Points, Wine Advocate
    “Pale ruby in color, the 2014 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir gives notes of Bing cherries, cranberries and red roses with hints of wild thyme, underbrush and black pepper. Medium-bodied, understated and with a pleasantly earthy edge to the palate, it gives a good intensity of red berry flavors and firm grainy tannins, finishing long.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, March 1, 2017

    92 Points, Pinot File
    “Vineyard is owned by Steve MacRostie and his partners Nancy and Tony Lilly. The vines are planted in sparse volcanic soils and must withstand the maritime breezes off the Pacific Ocean. Vines planted in 1998 and 2000. Dijon and Pommard clones. The grapes were gently de-stemmed into open-top fermenters, 3-day cold soak, inoculated yeast fermentation, cap management with a combination of pump overs and punch downs. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels. Light ruby red color in the glass. Cozy aromas of cherry, spice and worn leather. Elegant in the mouth in a middleweight style, offering an array of juicy, dark red fruit flavors accented with toasty, smoky oak. Silky and easy to cozy up to, with a finish that lingers appealingly.” —Rusty Gaffney, Aug. 7, 2017

    92 Points, Wine Review Online
    “You can count on MacRostie’s Wildcat Mountain to deliver the food friendly acidity that makes for a fine table companion. This vintage focuses on bright red fruit with rich oak spice and notes of damp earth and mushroom adding complexity, finishing with a zesty feel that invites a revisit. If you’re starting to think Thanksgiving, this is a good place to start.” —Rich Cook, Aug. 15, 2017

    91 Points,
    Aromas of cherry, lemongrass and orange peel. Medium to full body, tangy fruit and acidity combination and fresh finish. Drink or hold. — James Suckling, May 23, 2017