January 2021

  • Wines & Wineries to Watch

    Restaurant Wine
    January 2021
    by Ronn Wiegand

    2017 MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Chardonnay  – ★★★★ 4 Stars: Excellent quality for its type, style, and price. Among the very best of its type for its price. Highly recommended.

    “Screw cap. An excellent Chardonnay, in a crisp, understated (structured) style. It is full bodied, with subtle but complex aromas/flavors (pear, pineapple, lemon, vanilla, toasty oak), and a long, vibrant finish. Still quite youthful; warrants at least 1-2 more years of bottle aging. Aged 10 months in French oak barrels, 20% new. 1,000 cases. 14.6% [2021-2023].”

  • Great Values in Red Wines

    Fort Bend Focus Magazine
    December 2020
    by Denman Moody

    “Whereas chilled white wines are ‘de riguer’ in warm weather, red wines take front stage in cold weather. After tasting around 200 red wines in the last months, here is the cream of the crop.”

    2017 MacRostie Thale’s Vineyard Pinot Noir Russian River Valley

    “Lush texture and bright fruit-distinctive at $55.”

  • As Wines Taste More the Same, There Are Still Some of Distinction

    John Mariani’s Virtual Gourmet
    January 10, 2021
    by John Mariani

    “As Wines Taste More the Same, There Are Still Some of Distinction”

    “There is an increasing danger in the global wine market that too many wines are being made to taste according to a template, rather than to the individuality of their terroir. I’ll be writing about the high alcohol phenomenon soon and about how wines can be manipulated in order to increase intensity. For now, here are some good wines that express individuality, rather than taste just like their competitors’ in their respective regions.”

    2017 MacRostie Sparkling Brut

    “This is what I drank for a first wine on New Year’s Eve. I like well-made rosés (not all are by a long shot) and this three-year-old has developed depth while retaining the fruitiness I look for in a sparkling wine made in the méthode champenoise. It’s a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend, disgorged in 2019, adjusted for sweetness, with 7 grams residual sugar. It went beautifully with an appetizer of foie gras terrine.”

  • MacRostie: 2018 MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    Capture Magazine
    October 2020

    MacRostie Winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen joined MacRostie in 2011 and became just the third winemaker in the winery’s history in 2013. MacRostie’s vineyard program has evolved to include some of the Sonoma Coast’s great­est vineyards. With an approach that marries meticulous attention to detail with a love of experimentation, she is continually finding ways to make MacRostie’s wines better and better. ‘I love making our Sonoma Coast wines. With our single-vineyard wines, it’s about capturing what makes each vineyard so special-in a way it’s more hands-off. With our Sonoma Coast wines. I get to play. I’m constantly refining my sourcing strategy, the percentage of fruit from different sub-appellations, the clonal mix, our barrel program and my approach to blending. If there is a secret to the success of these wines, it is that we treat every lot like it will become a vineyard-designate wine, even though we may know it will become a part of our Sonoma Coast bottling.” 

    The 2018 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir comes from equally illustrious vineyards, including grapes from MacRostie’s own Thale’s Estate Vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley, Dale Ricci’s Vineyard in Carneros, Noble Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap, and Wohler Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. ‘We make most of our Pinot in small 1-ton fermenters, and we’ll do upwards of 60 or 70 fermentations. so when it is time to blend there is so much possibility.’

  • Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide

    Wine Enthusiast

    February/March 2021
    By Virginie Boone 


    2018 MacRostie Mirabelle Vineyard Chardonnay Russian River Valley – 91 Points: Excellent; highly recommended

    “Effusively bright and high-toned, this wine offers a demure imprint of oak on the nose. It then evolves to show complex contrasts of ginger, Meyer lemon and jasmine—an effectively cohesive, harmonious and lengthy expression of understated fruit.”

    2018 MacRostie Russian River Valley Chardonnay – 90 Points: Excellent; highly recommended

    “Crisp apple, Meyer lemon and tangerine flavors make for a fresh, fruity experience on the medium-bodied palate, while the wine shows balance and elegance throughout. Floral apple blossom and jasmine add to the liveliness and appeal.”

    2018 MacRostie Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay Russian River Valley – 90 Points: Excellent; highly recommended

    “Slatey, earthy and salty, this vineyard-designate shows a wealth of hearty stone-fruit flavor. Robust and rounded, it has a flourish of floral aromas that complement the fruit well, finishing in a fresh hit of acidity.

    2018 MacRostie Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay Carneros – 90 Points: Excellent; highly recommended

    “Crisp and earthy, with a rocky mineral component that adds grip and grit, this is a high-toned white, with effusive floral aromas and a depth of fruity flavor. Gravenstein apple pear and Meyer lemon characteristics are seasoned in a lengthy dash of nutmeg.”

    2018 MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast – 90 Points: Excellent; highly recommended

    “Reductive in thick, dark fruit—a mélange of concentrated cherry and plum—this wine has supple texture and elongated tannins. The oak is well integrated and provides additional highlights of vanilla and baking spice.”