2017 The Loch Pinot Noir | MacRostie Winery & Vineyards
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2017 The Loch

Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
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About this Wine

The 2017 vintage of The Loch is a stunning Pinot Noir. Fascinating and eminently age-worthy, it slowly unfurls in gorgeous layers of blackberry, blueberry, black cherry and floral rose, all underscored by expressive notes of cocoa and barrel toast from aging in the finest French oak.

Only 15 Barrels Made

91 Points

“... the 2017 Pinot Noir The Loch comes from a site on the Sonoma Coast and was brought up in 40% new French oak, with the balance in once- and twice-used oak. It has a touch more oak yet packs plenty of light cherry and strawberry fruit, subtle spice, medium to full body, a great mid-palate, ripe tannins, and a good finish. I don't find it considerably better than the other releases here, but it's still a terrific wine.”
Jeb Dunnuck
jebdunnuck.com, May 2020
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Tasting Notes

From its vibrant, alluring color to its rich, floral aromas, lush, dense fruit and lovely grip, the 2017 vintage of The Loch is a stunning Pinot Noir. Fascinating and eminently age-worthy, it slowly unfurls in gorgeous layers ofblackberry, blueberry, black cherry and floral rose, all underscored by expressive notes of cocoa and barrel toast from aging in the finest French oak.

Accolades
  • 91 Points: Jeb Dunnuck jebdunnuck.com
  • “... the 2017 Pinot Noir The Loch comes from a site on the Sonoma Coast and was brought up in 40% new French oak, with the balance in once- and twice-used oak. It has a touch more oak yet packs plenty of light cherry and strawberry fruit, subtle spice, medium to full body, a great mid-palate, ripe tannins, and a good finish. I don't find it considerably better than the other releases here, but it's still a terrific wine.”

  • 90 Points: Virginie Boone Wine Enthusiast
  • “Tangy citrus is further boosted by tart, sharp acidity in this intensely full-bodied, ripe and boldly textured wine. The barrel imprint is strong, adding to the weight and breadth of the wine, which finishes in earth and black pepper.”

Winemaking

The grapes were harvested by hand and gently destemmed exclusively into small one-ton fermenters to focus the style of each vineyard and clone. After a three-day cold soak, fermentation began and lasted about three weeks. The wines were then put straight to French oak barrels as free run. After 10 months of aging, we blended to create The Loch. It was aged in fifteen barrels: six new, five one-year old, and the remaining two-year old. With another six months in oak The Loch was deemed aged to perfection and was bottled lovingly on February 14, 2019.

Vintage

The 2017 growing season was a wet one. We had almost double the historical average of rain, and the vines were lush with a saturated soil profile. The weather was ideal in May during flowering giving a healthy fruit set. The growing season progressed with abundant sunshine and warmth, making the 2017 vintage an early one for Pinot Noir. Most of our Pinot Noir was picked and fermented before the second week of September. Here at MacRostie, we pride ourselves on working with growers who know the land intimately. Vintage after vintage,the partnerships we have with our growers provide us with beautiful fruit. This artful blend was made from our very finest lots of Pinot Noir from a handful of vineyards that span the Sonoma Coast.

Vineyard

Combining decades of winemaking mastery, with our long history on the Sonoma Coast, The Loch is our consummate Pinot Noir blend, artfully crafted from our best blocks and barrels of wine. “Our goal was simple, but not easy,” says Winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen. “We searched our cellar for our most beautiful wines of the vintage—stirring wines that sing on the palate. Then we began blending.” Like a secret code unlocked by our winemakers, The Loch embodies everything that we know about making great Pinot Noir. We named our pinnacle Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blends The Loch and The Key, both as a nod to our founder Steve MacRostie’s Scottish heritage and to his early experiences as a U.S. Army cryptographer in Europe.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Pinot Noir

  • alcohol: 14.6%
  • cases made:

    15 Barrels
    359 Cases

  • bottling date: 02/14/2019
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months in French oak. After blending, aged an additional 6 months in French oak, 6 new, 5 one-year-old, 4 two-year-old.

  • fermentation:

    Three day cold soak; 3 week fermentation

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