2018 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Magnum | MacRostie Winery
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91
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Wine Spectator

2018 Sonoma Coast Magnum

Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
1.5L BOTTLE
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About this Wine

The grapes for this acclaimed Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir came from a who’s who of iconic cool-climate Pinot Noir vineyards in this famed region. Enjoy this 1.5-liter magnum bottle of a stunning Sonoma Coast blend.

1.5 Liter Magnum

91 Points

“Hearty and full bodied in style, this wine is nonetheless high toned in edgy acidity and cool climate vibes, giving a balanced perspective of brightness within its power. Rhubarb, raspberry and forest notes dominate along a silky smooth texture of layered tannin and oak.”
Virginie Boone
Wine Enthusiast, December 2020
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Tasting Notes
Accolades
Accolades
Winemaking
Winemaking
Vintage
Vintage
Vineyard
Vineyard
Tech. Notes
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Tasting Notes

Opulent in the glass, this wine has a gorgeous garnet color and ripe black currant aromas. The palate is dynamic and bright, with vibrant flavors of plum, baking spice, and cocoa underscored by a firm, acid-driven structure and fine dusty tannins that carry through to a lingering finish. Delicious.

Accolades
  • 91 Points: Virginie Boone Wine Enthusiast
  • “Hearty and full bodied in style, this wine is nonetheless high toned in edgy acidity and cool climate vibes, giving a balanced perspective of brightness within its power. Rhubarb, raspberry and forest notes dominate along a silky smooth texture of layered tannin and oak.”

  • 91 Points: Kim Marcus Wine Spectator
  • “Perhaps even more impressive is the diversity of the appellations where Pinot Noir excels. Classic-rated wines are being made all the way from Mendocino's Anderson Valley, one of the state's northernmost appellations, to Santa Barbara's Sta. Rita Hills, 400 miles to the south. In between, districts in Sonoma, Napa and Monterey also chime in with stellar wines. ... From the Sonoma Coast, there's the 2018 MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir...”

Winemaking

The majority of the grapes were destemmed into small-lot fermenters to capture the uniqueness of each site. About 15% of our fruit was fermented with whole clusters to add fruit aromas and rich complexity to the final wine. Following a two-week fermentation, the lots were drained from the skins and put into French oak barrels to age for ten months. 21% new oak was used during aging to accentuate the structure and color of the wine, without overwhelming the delicate aromas of this fine coastal Pinot Noir. We bottled on August 23, 2019.

Vintage

Because the 2018 growing season was one of the naturally high yields, we worked closely with our grower partners to thin the fruit in order to bring each vineyard into ideal balance. The clusters ripened slowly, and in general, 2018 was a late harvest. The fruit came in pristine and healthy starting September 10 through September 18, 2018.

Vineyard

The grapes for this Pinot Noir came from a handful of top vineyards throughout the Sonoma Coast AVA, with a focus on some of the finest sub-appellations within the region. The blend includes grapes from our Thale’s Estate Vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley, Dale Ricci’s Vineyard in Carneros, Noble Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap, and Wohler Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Due to the cool coastal influences that shape the climate at all of these vineyards, they produce amazing Pinot Noir. At the same time, the diversity of these sites creates the foundation for complex aromatics and beautifully layered flavors in the final blend.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Pinot Noir

  • alcohol: 14.5%
  • bottling date: 08/23/2019
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months in French oak, 21% new

  • fermentation:

    15% whole cluster
    Majority fermented in small-lot fermenters

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