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August 2021

  • MacRostie on Red Wine Breakfast

    August 6, 2021

    Hayley Hamilton Cogill

    “Wine of the Day: 2018 MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Pinot Noir”

    “From cool-climate Petaluma Gap, nestled in the volcanic soils of Wildcat Mountain within Sonoma Coast, MacRostie Winery & Vineyards crafts rustic, intense Pinot Noir filled with character. Planted in 1998 by founder Steve MacRostie knowing the combination of the coastal influence from the Pacific, and the iron-rich volcanic soils would meld to create wines with structure, complexity, and quality.

    MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir elegantly embodies all three, delivering a wine with texture, richness, and power. On the open, aromas of boysenberry and blackberry meld with wild sagebrush, star anise, and violets, leading to a dense palate of licorice, wild berries, black cherry pie, and bitter chocolate. A beautiful wine that can handle a rich pairing of braised or slow-roasted beef or wild boar ragu, but also easy enough to enjoy with roasted chicken, Mexican food, or a mushroom-filled pasta.”

  • MacRostie on JebDunnuck.com

    JebDunnuck.com

    July 22, 2021

    by Jeb Dunnuck

    2019 MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Chardonnay – 91 Points: Outstanding wines. These wines are outstanding for their type and are worth the extra effort to seek out.

    “The 2019 Chardonnay Wildcat Mountain showed nicely, with a reductive, mineral-laced, medium-bodied style as well as pretty citrus and stone fruits, lots of white flowers, and subtle spice and nuttiness, integrated acidity, and light background oak. It’s well worth following over the coming 4-6 years.”

    2019 MacRostie Kent Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay – 91 Points: Outstanding wines. These wines are outstanding for their type and are worth the extra effort to seek out.

    “Bright lemon, white flowers, honeysuckle, and a kiss of salty minerality all emerge from the 2019 Chardonnay Kent Ritchie Vineyard, and while it’s one of the lighter, fresher, and more elegant wines in the lineup, it has plenty of length and persistence.”

    2019 MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir – 91 Points: Outstanding wines. These wines are outstanding for their type and are worth the extra effort to seek out.

    “Leading off the Pinot Noirs, the appellation 2019 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast reveals a light ruby hue to go with tart cherry and strawberry fruits, a medium-bodied, elegant mouthfeel, nicely integrated acidity, and classy, almost Russian River-like notes of spice, cola, and savory flowers. It’s a rock-solid, impressive Pinot Noir to enjoy over the coming 5-6 years.”

    2019 MacRostie Thale’s Vineyard Pinot Noir – 91 Points: Outstanding wines. These wines are outstanding for their type and are worth the extra effort to seek out.

    “Another outstanding Pinot Noir, the 2019 Pinot Noir Thale’s Vineyard has a medium ruby, translucent color as well as classic Pinot Noir red berry fruits, notes of spice and dried herbs, medium-bodied richness, and an elegant, lightly textured mouthfeel. It has plenty of charm and should keep for 4-5 years.”

    2019 MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay – 90 Points: Outstanding wines. These wines are outstanding for their type and are worth the extra effort to seek out.

    “The 2019 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast is rock-solid and has pretty pear, tart peach, and subtle citrus fruits to go with a medium-bodied, supple, elegant, and nicely balanced style on the palate. The acidity is nicely integrated, and this is just clean, pure, and delicious.”

    2019 MacRostie Bacigalupi Vineyard Chardonnay – 90 Points: Outstanding wines. These wines are outstanding for their type and are worth the extra effort to seek out.

    “The 2019 Chardonnay Bacigalupi Vineyard is another Chardonnay here that has a kiss of matchstick and good reduction. Showing more pear, peach, and lemon curd as well as sappy green herb notes with time in the glass, it’s medium-bodied, has good overall freshness and purity, and a clean, solid finish. It’s a very good Chardonnay, if not outstanding, and should have 3-4 years of prime drinking.”

    2019 MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Pinot Noir – 90 Points: Outstanding wines. These wines are outstanding for their type and are worth the extra effort to seek out.

    “The 2019 Pinot Noir Wildcat Mountain has slightly more underbrush and salinity as well as ample ripe black cherry and framboise fruits, medium-bodied richness, and a length, salty finish. It’s another impressive, balanced, elegant Pinot Noir in the lineup.”

  • MacRostie in The Tasting Panel

    The Tasting Panel

    August 2021

    by Meridith May

    “Pinot Parade: Our Top Picks for Summer”

    2018 MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Pinot Noir – 94 Points: Outstanding

    “Wildcat Mountain Vineyard is owned by Steve MacRostie and his partners Nancy and Tony Lilly. Its volcanic soils, strong maritime winds, and coastal fog contribute to the distinctive character of this lushly layered red, which opens with inspiring

    notes of cinnamon roll and cherry pie. A more complex mid-palate unfolds with jasmine, frankincense, and other exotic floral notes, leaving a trace of lavender and plum on the finish.”

    “Down the Aisle”

    2019 MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay – 94 Points: Outstanding

    “Sourcing from vineyards in Carneros, the Russian River Valley, and the Petaluma Gap, winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen works with such prestigious growers as the Duttons, Sangiacomos, and Martinellis to make this spiritual white. It possesses an inner glow thanks to the juiciest peach, the sweetness of honeysuckle, and a splash of tangerine, which join under-lying minerality, a lift of acidity, and a touch of vanilla nougat. The pineapple juice–like finish is memorable.”