2019 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Half Bottle | MacRostie Winery
94
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Wine Review Online

2019 Sonoma Coast Half Bottle

Chardonnay
375ml BOTTLE
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About this Wine

Perfect for picnics or gift baskets, this 375ml half-bottle of our 2019 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay offers up beautiful aromas of tropical fruit, melon and perfumed lemon that mingle with hints of slate.

New Release

94 Points

Outstanding “Sourcing from vineyards in Carneros, the Russian River Valley, and the Petaluma Gap, winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen works with such prestigious growers as the Duttons, Sangiacomos, and Martinellis to make this spiritual white. It possesses an inner glow thanks to the juiciest peach, the sweetness of honeysuckle, and a splash of tangerine, which join underlying minerality, a lift of acidity, and a touch of vanilla nougat. The pineapple juice–like finish is memorable.”
Meredith May
Tasting Panel, August 2021
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Tasting Notes

On the nose, beautiful aromas of tropical fruit, melon and perfumed lemon mingle with hints of slate, wet chalk and intriguing floral notes of jasmine and orange blossom. The lush tropical fruit is echoed on the velvety palate, with flavors of pineapple and guava giving way to layers of stone fruit, Key lime pie, Asian pear and yellow apple, all of which flow to a long, luxurious finish.

Accolades
  • 94 Points: Meredith May Tasting Panel
  • Outstanding “Sourcing from vineyards in Carneros, the Russian River Valley, and the Petaluma Gap, winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen works with such prestigious growers as the Duttons, Sangiacomos, and Martinellis to make this spiritual white. It possesses an inner glow thanks to the juiciest peach, the sweetness of honeysuckle, and a splash of tangerine, which join underlying minerality, a lift of acidity, and a touch of vanilla nougat. The pineapple juice–like finish is memorable.”

  • 92 Points: Josh Greene Wine & Spirits
  • Delicious, compelling; a compelling wine of its region; a delicious, finessed expression of place. “Markedly rich and quietly satisfying, this wine performs well above its price. The flavors of juicy apples and Rainier cherries have a sweet undercurrent of caramel and white chocolate. There’s a seashell savor that keeps it balanced and intriguing, especially with braised pork.”

  • 92 Points: Rich Cook Wine Review Online
  • “Always a winner, MacRostie Chardonnay succeeds at all the different price points that they offer. This macro-AVA bottling is long on pineapple and lemon flavors, with just a touch of oak, keeping the fruit in front through a long, mouth-watering finish. A crowd pleaser at a crowd friendly price—if your crowd is a bit above average.”

Winemaking

To preserve the bright and delicate character of the fruit, all of the grapes went direct to press as whole clusters and were then gently pressed. After settling, 80% of the juice was racked into French oak barrels for fermentation, 14% of which were new. To provide a very fresh and focused element to the final blend, 20% of the juice stayed in stainless steel tanks for a cool fermentation and never went to barrel. The wine lots were aged on the lees for six months, both in tank and in barrel, with occasional stirring to increase richness and body. Only a partial secondary fermentation was completed, again to achieve a balance of rich mouthfeel and crisp acid. The final blend was assembled in May of 2020, just prior to bottling, which occurred between May 26- June 4, 2020.

Vintage

2019 was a remarkable growing season for most of Sonoma County with ample winter rainfall creating wet soils and cool temperatures that delayed budbreak in some areas. Spring and summer brought moderate to slightly above-average temperatures, while late-May rains delayed flowering slightly, but helped to produce smaller looser clusters that produce very flavorful and concentrated wines. All of the grapes for our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay were harvested by hand between September 6 and October 15, 2019.

Vineyard

The grapes for this Chardonnay came from several exceptional Sonoma Coast vineyards. Sangiacomo and Hi Vista vineyards are located in the Carneros region. We also work with some amazing Russian River Valley properties, including vineyards owned by the renowned Dutton and Martinelli families. Other Russian River vineyard sites included Wohler and Mirabelle Vineyards. The Petaluma Gap AVA is also represented here with fruit from Lakeville Vineyard. Selected for their cool climates and unique growing conditions, these vineyards lend distinct and complex characteristics to our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.

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