2015 Wildcat Mountain Chardonnay | MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
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Robert Parker Wine Advocate
92
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Wine Enthusiast

2015 Wildcat Mountain

Chardonnay
Sonoma Coast
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About this Wine

The grapes for this beautifully distinctive Chardonnay came exclusively from Steve MacRostie’s own Wildcat Mountain Vineyard. This fog-shrouded mountaintop vineyard is a classic Sonoma Coast site. Cool and challenging, it yields wines of great distinction every year—and 2015 is no exception. On the palate, it is round and rich with alluring layers of Asian pear and fragrant orange blossom, as well as signature Wildcat notes of honey and spice.

Library Selection

93 Points

"The 2015 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay has a very spicy nose of ginger, nutmeg and allspice over a core of ripe pineapple and honeydew melon plus a touch of brioche. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in the spicy, tropical fruit flavors with a creamy texture and fantastic length."
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Tasting Notes

Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay always delivers something special and unique, and this vintage is no exception. Both intricate and exotic, this wine begins with alluring aromas of Asian pear and fragrant orange blossom. On the palate, around, rich mouthfeel accentuates Wildcat’s signature high-tone notes of honey and spice. At the same time, thanks to Wildcat’s windy growing conditions, which thicken the grape skins, it has beautiful structure and body.

Accolades
  • 93 Points: Robert Parker Wine Advocate
  • "The 2015 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay has a very spicy nose of ginger, nutmeg and allspice over a core of ripe pineapple and honeydew melon plus a touch of brioche. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in the spicy, tropical fruit flavors with a creamy texture and fantastic length."

  • 92 Points: Wine Enthusiast
  • "Earthy and slightly sulfurous in big oak, this full-bodied wine manages to grasp handfuls of bright acidity that persists through a wall of powerfully ripe tropical flavor. Aromas and aspects of citrus and white flowers contribute additional freshness."

Winemaking

The grapes went directly to press as whole clusters. The resulting juice was cold settled, racked off of its press lees, and moved directly to barrel for a cool fermentation. It was then aged in these same French oak barrels for 10 months, with 20% of the oak being new. The fermentation lees were stirred several times throughout the aging process. Once the malolactic conversion was complete, the wine was left to age. The very best barrels from each lot were then selected for our Wildcat MountainVineyardChardonnay. The wine was bottled on August 5th, 2016.

Vintage

The 2015 vintage started with an early bud break that accelerated the pace of the vintage. We had heat accumulation that added up quickly, which led to an earlier harvest compared to most vintages. Grapes were picked from four distinct blocks planted to four different clones: 95, 76, 4, and 15. Each block had a unique harvest picking date between September 8thand 19th.

Vineyard

The grapes for this Chardonnay came exclusively from Wildcat MountainVineyard, owned by Steve MacRostie and his partners Nancy and Tony Lilly. At Wildcat,the vines dig into the sparse volcanic soil and stand firm against the strong winds that race off of the Pacific Ocean most afternoons. This fog-shrouded mountaintop vineyard is a classic Sonoma Coast site. Cool and challenging, it yields wines of great distinction.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Chardonnay

  • alcohol: 14.80%
  • cases made:

    945 Cases

  • bottling date: 08/05/2016
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months sur lie in French oak, 20% new

  • fermentation:

    Whole cluster pressed then racked into French oak for primary and malolactic fermentation

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