MacRostie Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Dark ruby in color, this Pinot is juicy and ripe, yet soft and elegant. The nose is homemade cherry pie, with hints of toasted spice, and it’s very lush and rich in the mouth, with ripe black cherry and Dutch cocoa flavors. The finish is easy and long.

Winemaking Notes

All of the grapes were destemmed into open-top fermenters using our gentle new destemmer. Following a three-day cold soak to boost color without increasing tannins, the tanks were inoculated with yeast. The caps were managed with a combination of punchdowns and pumpovers to maximize positive extraction, and the must was gently pressed when dry. The resulting wines were aged in French oak barrels, 30% of which were new, for ten months, with a single gentle racking under inert gas to assemble the blend in late March. Bottling then took place on August 4 and 5, 2011.

Wine Production Stats

Alcohol: 14.2%
Total Acidity: 5.8 g/L
Residual Sugar: 0.6 g/L
pH: 3.68

The 2010 growing season was the coolest in just about anyone’s memory. We waited, and we waited, and then we waited some more. Long “hang time” makes for good flavor development, though, and the lower sugars at harvest made for ideally balanced juice. All of our grapes achieved optimum flavor ripeness without excessive sugar levels, and maintained their natural acid balance. Yields were moderate, averaging three to five tons per acre, with Wildcat on the low side as always. Harvest, once it finally began, was quick, with all the Pinot Noir coming into the winery in less than two weeks, between September 30 and October 11, 2010.

The grapes for this Pinot Noir came from four prime vineyards in the cool Sonoma Coast AVA, including Alta Vista, Rodger’s Creek, and Champlin Creek. Our own rugged, windy, and remote Wildcat Mountain Estate Vineyard, high up in the hills overlooking San Pablo Bay, also plays a very significant role in the blend. Wildcat’s influence can be seen in the dark color, full body, and structured complexity of the wine.

91 Points

PinotReport
"Medium ruby color; light spice and cherry aromas; ripe, cherry and spice flavors with some earthy notes; silky texture; good structure and balance; long finish. Spicy, pretty flavors make this a great Pinot for the table."
- Greg Walter (2011 vintage)

92 Points

Wine Enthusiast
"Give this wine some time in the decanter to let it aerate. After an hour or two, a smooth, silky Pinot Noir will emerge, ripe in flavors of cherry-pie filling and spice, with fine acidity and gentle tannins. With grapes from four vineyards, it shows a mastery of the art of blending."
- Steve Heimoff (2009 vintage)

88 Points

Wine Spectator Online
"Full-bodied and well-balanced, with spicy berry, fresh earth, mushroom and tobacco flavors joined by a mix of tar and cedar. Drink now through 2017. 1,800 cases made."
- James Laube (2008 vintage)

87 Points

Wine Enthusiast
"This is a dry, elegant young Pinot Noir. Its rich in acidity, and the cherry and cola flavors and sprinkled with zesty white pepper. Seems to be giving its best now."
- Steve Heimoff (2008 vintage)