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.
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“MacRostie blends from their Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, on the southern flank of Sonoma Mountain, with grapes from three other sites in the Sonoma Coast AVA, creating a powerful wine on a light frame. Its spicy flavors meld some green stemminess with ruby red grapefruit and tea leaf notes. It feels harmonious and finely integrated, with oak and earthy tannins knit into the dark sweetness of the fruit. Serve it with duck breast, seared rare.”Rating 92 - “Best Buy” & “Year’s Best Pinot Noir”
Luke Sykora, Wine & Spirits (APR/2014)
“Medium-deep ruby color; deep, earthy cherry and forest floor aromas; rich, deep, dark cherry flavors with spice and forest floor notes; good structure and balance; long finish. Deep, spicy Pinot with nice, earthy complexity. Rating 92 "Smart Buy" - Pinot Report, (JAN/2013)
“Deep, brooding aromas of forest floor mark this dramatic Pinot.It suggests wild, woodland raspberries, pine needles, balsam, cola and earthy mushrooms. Dry and modest in alcohol, it’s a skillful interpretation of a difficult, cool vintage. Nice to drink now, and will age for at least six years.” —S.H.
Rating 91 - "Editor's Choice" Wine Enthusiast (NOV/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
Dark ruby in colour.
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.
Cheese: The deft hand that goes into making these elegant, lighter-bodied styles of pinot noir require cheeses that won't act like sledge-hammers in the presence of such delicacy. Don't be fooled, though. These wines have a backbone, which is why they go with a variety of cheese styles rather than just one or two. Look for cheeses that range from slightly creamy to semi-firm and are not too salty. Cow, sheep, or goat's milk cheeses are all compatible.
Complement: Thin oil-brushed baguette slices, toasted, lightly toasted almonds, Castelvetrano olives (or any other mild, meaty and not too briny green olive)