February 2017


    2016 Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay

    92 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide

    “Floral, this is a fresh, lengthy and acid-driven white, welcoming in its medium-bodied grasp of balance. Apple, Meyer lemon and nutmeg form a nice bond of flavor with just a hint of ginger.” —Virginie Boone, June, 2018


    2015 Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Subdued in oak, this bright intriguing wine does a nice job showcasing tart tangy flavors of green olive and green apple, while still maintaining a freshness at its core. It is moderately structured and teased in a twist of lime.” —Virginie Boone, November 2017

    90 Points, Wine Advocate
    The 2015 Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay has a chalky/minerally nose over a core of lemon curd, grapefruit peel and apricots plus a hint of spiced apples. It gives a plenty of savory/yeasty flavors in the medium-bodied mouth with refreshing acidity and a fair bit of layers on the finish. —Lisa Perrotti Brown, March 1, 2017


    2014 Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay

    92 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “The producer’s original source of Chardonnay, Sangiacomo grapes have figured into this wine since 1987, this vintage of which is astounding in tropical, fleshy layers of elegance, flecks of freshly cut pear providing further succulence. Richly textured, it’s balanced while robust.” —Virginie Boone, October 2016

    95 Points, Wine Review Online
    “The Sangiacomo chardonnay has long been one of MacRostie’s most powerful statement wines, so the stunning 2014 is hardly a surprise. This beauty exhibits inviting notes of lemon oil and baking spice, with fresh acidity that lifts the fruit and cleanses the palate. Among the finest California chardonnays I have sampled this year.” —Robert Whitley, August 2, 2016

    93 Points, Wine Review Online
    “A Chardonnay for lovers of all things lemon. It’s all here–Meyer and Sorrento lemon, lemon crème, lemon zest, lemongrass and lemon blossom with a touch of oak and stone minerality, with a long integrated finish that is a MacRostie trademark. It’s no lemon!” –Rich Cook, July 12, 2016

    92 Points, PinotFile
    “28th vintage making wine from Sangiacomo. This wine is meant to be special, representing only 4% of the fruit that MacRostie gets from Sangiacomo Vineyard. Grapes came from four blocks of Sangiacomo Vineyard: Rich Kiser, Kiser A, Kiser B and a Petaluma Gap site called Roberts Road. Gently whole cluster pressed, racked to French oak barrels for fermentation where primary and malolactic fermentations were completed. The wine was aged on the lees with occasional stirring for 10 months. 12 barrels were chosen, 2 of which were new and the rest used for previous vintages. Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. A ripe fruited wine of great appeal with aromas of fresh citrus, honeysuckle, barrel and buttered popcorn. Defined by lively acidity and lemon-driven flavor, with a slightly creamy texture, a hint of nutty oak, and some finishing length.” —Rusty Gaffney MD, June 18, 2016


    2015 The Loch Pinot Noir

    94 Points, Wine Advocate
    “The medium ruby-purple colored 2015 Pinot Noir The Loch has a lovely fragrance of kirsch, red roses and baking spices with hints of raspberry tart, potpourri, fallen leaves and truffles. Medium to full-bodied, it has a firm frame of fine-grained tannins and great freshness lifting the intense red fruit flavors, finishing long and perfumed. 92 cases were made.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, April 27, 2018

    91 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide
    “Savory spice components of cardamom meet black tea and forest floor in this powerful rich wine. A blend of the best blocks and barrels from several vineyards gives it a complex set of flavors and textures, from delicate and elegant to structured and age-worthy. Best 2020–2025.” —Virginie Boone, February 2019


    2014 The Loch Pinot Noir

    91 Points, Wine Spectator
    “Generous plum, blackberry and raspberry form the core flavors. Moderately rich and deep, with a lingering persistence that brings the tea-laced tannins to the forefront. Nice length. Best from 2018 through 2024.” —Jim Laube, Sept. 30, 2017