2012 Vintage


    Raising a Glass to Distinctive Chardonnays

    Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr, February 18, 2015

    “Steve MacRostie of Sonoma County’s MacRostie Winery and Vineyards appreciates what a vineyard can bring to chardonnay.”

    2012 MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay
    “We loved the generous aromas in this estate-made wine. Once you linger over the jasmine and honey aromas, you pick up rich tropical fruit flavors and lingering finish. The wine has enough acidity to complement food but also a richness on the finish.”

    2012 MacRostie Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay
    “A little bigger in style, the Sangiacomo chardonnay has more oak notes and a mineral thread to keep it interesting.”

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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.”

  • The Press Democrat

    This Week’s Wine Picks

    Peg Melnik, December 19, 2014

    2012 Goldrock Ridge Pinot Noir

    “This pinot has a bright flavor profile with crisp, high-toned fruit. Notes of raspberry, cranberry and a hint of tobacco. Great balance. Impressive.”

  • The Press Democrat

    Wine of the Week: MacRostie pinot perfect for holiday parties

    December 1, 2014

    2012 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

    “This pinot has a dashing kind of elegance. It has bright fruit and vibrant acidity. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate, red currant and spice. Great structure. Just lovely.” –Peg Melnik

  • The Press Democrat

    This Week’s Wine Picks

    Peg Melnik, November 20, 2014

    2012 MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay

    “A tasty, layered chardonnay with a great range of flavors. Notes of brioche, honey and lemon peel. Nice acid. Balanced. Rich, yet leads with its bright fruit. Lingering finish.”

  • Sunset Magazine

    What Bottle to Bring?

    Wine editor Sara Schneider shares her holiday favorites

    November 2014

    “It’s no shocker that for my family’s Thanksgiving dinners, I’m expected to bring the wine… I opt for wines with three main characteristics: generous fruit, good acidity, and minerality or earthiness….

    On the red front, I pick Pinot Noir. It’s also high in acidity, with red berry/cranberry fruit that works well with cranberry sauce. Pinot often also has layers of warm baking spice, resiny herbs, forest floor, and mushroom notes that link to the rotating ingredients of the day.”

    2012 MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

    “Bright red cherry cola leads, seasoned with cinnamon, fresh herbs, and a balancing earthy character.”