2018 Mirabelle Vineyard Chardonnay | MacRostie Winery
91
pts
Wine Enthusiast

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Forbes.com

2018 Mirabelle Vineyard

Chardonnay
Russian River Valley
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About this Wine

Farmed from the lovely Mirabelle Vineyard along Wohler Road, this elegant and age-worthy Chardonnay offers vibrant tropical flavors, with layers of green melon, gooseberry and a slight hint of toasty brioche.

Last Call

91 Points

Excellent; highly recommended “Effusively bright and high-toned, this wine offers a demure imprint of oak on the nose. It then evolves to show complex contrasts of ginger, Meyer lemon and jasmine—an effectively cohesive, harmonious and lengthy expression of understated fruit.”
Virginie Boone
Wine Enthusiast, Feb/March 2021
Tasting Notes
Tasting Notes
Accolades
Accolades
Winemaking
Winemaking
Vintage
Vintage
Vineyard
Vineyard
Tech. Notes
Tech. Notes
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Tasting Notes

Elegant and age-worthy, the Mirabelle Vineyard Chardonnay offers vibrant tropical flavors, with layers of green melon, gooseberry and a slight hint of toasty brioche. On the palate, it is lively and bright, with a sophisticated cool-climate acidity that reflects the vineyard’s classic Russian River Valley growing conditions, and promises a long life in the bottle.

Accolades
  • 91 Points: Virginie Boone Wine Enthusiast
  • Excellent; highly recommended “Effusively bright and high-toned, this wine offers a demure imprint of oak on the nose. It then evolves to show complex contrasts of ginger, Meyer lemon and jasmine—an effectively cohesive, harmonious and lengthy expression of understated fruit.”

  • Points: Tom Hyland Forbes.com
  • Outstanding "Bright, light yellow; inviting aromas of lemon zest, red apples, and saffron with a subtle note of honey. Medium-full with very good concentration. Lengthy finish, very good acidity, excellent varietal purity, impressive complexity and balance. The wood notes are nicely integrated and the overall wine is very appealing and delicious. Lengthy finish with subtle notes of almond in the finish. Enjoy over the next 3-5 years.”

Winemaking

The harvested grapes were put directly as whole clusters into our tank press. A gentle press cycle was used to keep excess tannins and bitterness out of the juice. The juice was cold settled for 48 hours and racked to barrel for fermentation and aging. The wine was aged in 35% new, and 24% one-year old French oak barrels. The wine was bottled on August 6, 2019.

Vintage

Because the 2018 growing season was one of naturally high yields, we worked closely with our grower partners to thin the fruit in order to bring each vineyard into ideal balance. In general, 2018 was a late harvest, and the clusters ripened slowly. The vineyard is cordon pruned and planted to Clone 95 Chardonnay. This clone produces small clusters and small berries, which contribute to this wine’s pure, concentrated flavors and aromas. To ensure that the fruit was delivered to the winery in cool and pristine condition, the grapes were harvested by hand the night of October 1, 2018.

Vineyard

Mirabelle is a beautiful vineyard located along Wohler Road in the heart of the Russian River Valley. It is planted on the valley floor where dense fog frequently settles, keeping the ripening progress slow and steady. The site’s fertile soils lead to healthy vines that produce classic Russian River Valley Chardonnay aromas and flavors.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Chardonnay

  • alcohol: 13.3%
  • cases made:

    17 barrels
    401 cases

  • bottling date: 08/06/2029
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months in French oak, 35% new, 24% one-year-old

  • fermentation:

    Whole cluster pressed then cold settled for 48 hours, then racked into French oak for primary and malolactic fermentation

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