2014 Wildcat Mountain Pinot Noir 3L | MacRostie Winery
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2014 Wildcat Mountain 3L

Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
3L BOTTLE
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About this Wine

Make a bold statement with this stunning three-liter bottle of Pinot Noir from Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, owned by Steve MacRostie and his partners Nancy and Tony Lilly. This fog-shrouded mountaintop vineyard is a classic Sonoma Coast site, cool and challenging, and produces wines of great distinction.

3 Liter

91 Points

"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
Wine Enthusiast, 4/1/17
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Vintage
Vintage
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Tasting Notes

Dark garnet in color, this complex and alluring wine displays a nose layered with aromas of red cherry and cinnamon spice. On the palate sophisticated elements of cocoa and leather combine with the red berry fruit and spice, giving this wine a strong mid-palate and a lengthy finish.

Accolades
  • 91 Points: Virginie Boone 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."

Winemaking

The fruit was gently destemmed into small open-top fermenters, using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to avoid any pumping of must. Inoculation with select yeast strains followed a three-day cold soak, and the caps were managed with a combination of pump-overs and punch-downs. Blending fruit from different areas of the vineyard and different clones gives this wine depth and complexity. The clones of Pinot Noir from Arrow Block are early ripening Dijon clones that add lively fruit aromatics. The clone 5 introduces structure and acidity. Saddle Block is an area of the vineyard that is very exposed to the wind, which creates dense earthy aromas and a long finish to the wine. After 10 months of aging in exclusively French oak barrels, we bottled in August of 2015.

Vintage

2014 had ideal temperatures and growing conditions. The fruit came in the door healthy, ripe and luscious. The grapes that made the Wildcat Mountain Pinot Noir this vintage came from a few different blocks of Wildcat Mountain. The first was clone 5 grapes from a prized original block planted in 1998. The rest of the grapes were from vines planted in 2000, and feature our Arrow Block clone 667 and 115 grapes, as well as more clone 667 grapes from our Saddle Block. The fruit was harvested by hand in the cool early mornings of September 10 and 22.

Vineyard

The grapes for this Pinot Noir came exclusively from our Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, owned by Steve MacRostie and his partners Nancy and Tony Lilly. Here the vines dig into the sparse volcanic soil and stand firm against the strong winds that race in off of the Pacific Ocean most afternoons. This fog-shrouded mountaintop vineyard is a classic Sonoma Coast site, cool and challenging, and produces wines of great distinction.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Pinot Noir

  • alcohol: 14.50%
  • cases made:

    1100 Cases

  • bottling date: 08/01/2015
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months in French oak

  • fermentation:

    Gently desteemed into open-top fermenters; three day cold soak; cap management included pump-overs & punch-downs

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