MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
TASTING NOTES: The wine is pale straw gold in color. Delicate floral aromas introduce this wine followed by lemon citrus and peach stone fruit notes. This wine has a soft entry with an essence of spice from a pie crust and candied orange peel flavors. There is pronounced weight in the mid-palate and finishes with a crisp yet lasting lemon citrus zest on the tongue.
WINEMAKING NOTES: All grapes went direct to press as whole clusters and then gently pressed. By pressing as whole clusters we can keep the wines delicate and bright. After settling, most of the juice was racked into French oak barrels for fermentation, 20% of which were new.
Once the wines completed primary fermentation and a secondary, malo-lactic fermentation, the barrel-fermented lots were aged on the lees for six months, with occasional stirring to increase richness and body. To emphasize fruit aromatics a select few lots were fermented in stainless steel tanks and never went to barrel. The final blend was assembled prior to bottling, which ran the first two weeks of June 2014.
HARVEST NOTES: 2013 had ideal temperatures and growing conditions. The fruit came in the door healthy, ripe and luscious. All of the grapes destined for the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay blend were harvested by hand between September 4th and October 9th of 2013.
ORIGIN: The grapes for this Chardonnay came from several excellent vineyards in Sonoma County. Sangiacomo and Champlin Creek vineyards are located in the Carneros region. We work with some amazing Russian River Valley properties as well, including vineyards owned by the well-known Dutton family and Martinelli family.
Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, a signature site for MacRostie, is high up in the hills and considered part of the Petaluma Gap region in Sonoma. All of our vineyards are located in unique cool climate areas of the Sonoma Coast appellation and offer distinct and complex characteristics to our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.
The Tasting Panel
“Silky and juicy with bright, tangy citrus; fresh, racy and balanced; clean, lively and long.”
- Anthony Dias Blue (2013 vintage)
- June 2015
90 Points - Editor's Choice
"So bright and zingy in acidity, and so ripe in tangerine, mango, lime fruit and honeysuckle, that you hardly notice the oak influence. Yet, it’s there in the form of buttered toast. The result is a big, powerful Chardonnay, clean and vibrant, for drinking now with dramatic shellfish and pork dishes."
- Steve Heimoff (2012 vintage)
- April 2014
92 "Best Buy"
Wine & Spirits
A number of vineyards contribute to the wine, including Sangiacomo at the base of the Sonoma Mountain and Saralee’s in the Russian River Valley. The various sites knit together will. Creating an open and fragrant chardonnay redolent of wildflower honey and chanterelle mushrooms. It’s a gentel and harmonious wine that would show well paired with rabbit in a cream sauce.
- Luke Sykora (2012 vintage)
- April 2014