2018 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir | MacRostie Winery
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2018 Sonoma Coast

Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast
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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 wine region. Opulent in the glass, this wine has a garnet color and ripe black currant aromas.

Library Selection

91 Points

"Light and refined, with concentrated dried red cherry and berry flavors supported by fresh acidity. Underbrush and dried herbal notes on the finish.”
Aaron Romano and Kim Marcus
Wine Spectator, July 2020
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Tasting Notes

Opulent in the glass, this wine has a 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.

Accolades
  • 91 Points: Aaron Romano and Kim Marcus Wine Spectator - July 2020
  • "Light and refined, with concentrated dried red cherry and berry flavors supported by fresh acidity. Underbrush and dried herbal notes on the finish.”

  • 91 Points: Virginie Boone Wine Enthusiast - December 2020
  • “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.”

  • 90 Points: Erin Brooks Wine Advocate - August 2020
  • “Pale ruby, the 2018 MacRostieSonoma Coast Pinot Noir offers blackberries, cranberries and rhubarb with notes of woodsmoke, black tea leaves and earth. The palate is light-bodied, soft and juicy with a good core of fruit and a satisfying finish.”

  • 90 Points: Josh Greene Wine & Spirits - April 2021
  • “This wine’s fleshy red cherry flavors are girdled by fruit-skin tannins, their elastic tension holding the generous fruit tight. It’s bright and tart, a gamey red directed at roasted game birds.”

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 23rd of 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. The clusters ripened slowly, and in general, 2018 was a late harvest. Fruit came in pristine and healthy starting September 10th through September 18th of 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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