2020 Wildcat Mountain Chardonnay | MacRostie Winery
92
pts
Wine Spectator

2020 Wildcat Mountain

Chardonnay
Sonoma Coast
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About this Wine

The grapes for this Chardonnay came exclusively from Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, owned by Steve MacRostie and his partners, Nancy and Tony Lilly. The 2020 Wildcat Mountain Chardonnay has an opulent golden straw color in the glass. There is a signature aroma of honey and the faintest of butterscotch that is the calling card of Wildcat Chardonnay.

New Release

92 Points

“Intense and distinctive, with hints of tarragon and lemon verbena adding appealing aromatic details to the core of fresh Fuji apple, melon and dried pineapple. A note of white pepper minerality lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2032.”
MaryAnn Worobiec
Wine Spectator, July 2022
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Tasting Notes
The 2020 Wildcat Mountain Chardonnay has an opulent golden straw color in the glass. As you swirl your wine, aromas of honeysuckle and spring wildflowers waft. There is a signature aroma of honey and the faintest of butterscotch that is the calling card of Wildcat Chardonnay. As you sip the wine, it is crisp, and right before you think it will be tart the acid melds with a rich and textured palate. There is a juxtaposition of bright acid and viscosity that continues to the finish, which is lively, fruity, satiny, and long.
Accolades
  • 92 Points: MaryAnn Worobiec Wine Spectator - July 2022
  • “Intense and distinctive, with hints of tarragon and lemon verbena adding appealing aromatic details to the core of fresh Fuji apple, melon and dried pineapple. A note of white pepper minerality lingers on the finish. Drink now through 2032.”

Winemaking
The grapes went directly to press as whole clusters. The resulting juice was cold settled, racked off of its press lees, and moved directly to barrel for a cool fermentation. It was then aged in these same French oak barrels for 12 months, with 28% of the oak being new and 38% once used. The fermentation lees were stirred several times throughout the aging process. The wine went through a partial malolactic fermentation to preserve its natural acidity. The very best barrels were then selected for our Wildcat Mountain Chardonnay. The wine was bottled on November 18th, 2021.
Vintage

The season began with a warm winter with no frost issues and a mild spring that resulted in a nice, even fruit set. While the summer was quite warm, there were only a couple of short heat spikes, which ensured that the grapes were able to fully ripen while retaining the natural acidity we love. As a result, or Chardonnay crop was balanced and healthy, yielding wines with vibrant flavors and excellent depth and energy. Grapes were picked from two distinct blocks planted to two different clones: 95 and 76, on September 19th, 2020.

Vineyard

The grapes for this Chardonnay came exclusively from Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, owned by Steve MacRostie and his partners, Nancy and Tony Lilly. At Wildcat, the vines dig into the sparse volcanic soil and stand firm against the strong winds that race in off of the Pacific Ocean most afternoons. This fog-shrouded mountaintop vineyard is a classic Sonoma Coast site. Cool and challenging, it yields wines of great distinction.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    100% Chardonnay

  • alcohol: 14.2%
  • cases made:

    492

  • bottling date: 11/18/2021
  • aging:

    Aged 10 months in French oak, 28% new, 38% once used

  • fermentation:

    Whole cluster pressed, cold settled, then racked to barrel for cool fermentation.

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