2015 Wildcat Mountain Pinot Noir 3L | MacRostie Winery
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2015 Wildcat Mountain 3L

Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
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About this Wine

Make a bold statement with this stunning three-liter bottle of Pinot Noir from Wildcat Mountain 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. There, 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.

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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. 945 cases produced."
Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Robert Parker Wine Advocate, 4/27/18
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Tasting Notes

From its rich, magenta color to its alluring aromas of Bing cherry, spicy brambleberry, cola, bergamot and toasty oak, this beautifully distinctive wine captures the essence of Wildcat Mountain Vineyard. On the palate, lush, velvety tannins make the juicy berry flavors sing, while providing a lovely supporting structure that will ensure this wine ages well for years to come.

Accolades
  • 93 Points: Lisa Perrotti-Brown Robert Parker Wine Advocate - 4/27/18
  • "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. 945 cases produced."

  • 92 Points: Virginie Boone Wine Enthusiast - 5/1/18
  • "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 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 pumpovers and punchdowns. Blending fruit from different areas of the vineyard and different clones gives this wine depth and complexity. The Pinot Noir from Arrow Block provides the lush tannin and adds lively fruit aromatics. The clone 115 introduces structure and acidity. Saddle Block is an area of the vineyard that is very exposed to the wind, which contributes dense color and a long finish. After 10 months of ageing in French oak barrels, we bottled on August 9, 2016.

Vintage

While the 2015 vintage had some of the lowest yields in recent memory, the small crop we harvested was pristine, ripe and luscious, with the low yields contributing to remarkable concentration and depth. The grapes for our Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir came from a few different blocks of Wildcat Mountain. The first is a prized block planted in 1998 to clone 115 Pinot Noir. The rest of the fruit came from our Arrow and Saddle blocks, both of which were planted to clone 667 in 2000. All of these grapes were hand harvested in the cool early mornings of September 3 and 5, 2015.

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. There, 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: 14.40%
  • cases made:

    640 Cases

  • bottling date: 08/09/2016
  • 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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