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Why Do We Love MacRostie

by Gloria Atherstone

Gloria Atherstone - September 17, 2020

WINE NOTES

Why do we love MacRostie

  • WINERY
  • WINE & VINTAGE
  • VARIETAL
  • REGION
  • POINTS
  • BUY NOW
  • MacRostie
  • Sonoma Coast  2018
  • Pinot Noir
  • Carneros
  • 91 RP

WINE MAKERS NOTES

Opulent in the glass, this wine has a garnet color and ripe black currant aromas. The palate is dynamic and bright, with vibrant flavors of plum, baking spice and cocoa underscored by a firm, acid-driven structure and fine dusty tannins that carry through to a lingering finish.

Story
Everyone loves the home town kid who succeeds. I guess that is my favorite part of the MacRostie story. Growing up in Sacramento, Steve MacRostie began his winemaking career early. At the time, there were only forty wineries in Sonoma. Steve's savant-like knowledge of Sonoma viniculture and his stylistic twist in creating elegant cool climate wines made him a popular commodity. 

The Wine 
Steve MacRostie jumped into the world of Pinot Noir relatively late, releasing his first vintage in 1992. More than seven single vineyard wines are available at the winery. They are all out of this world; however, the biggest crowd, pleaser, is the value-priced Sonoma Coast.

A blend of the "Whos Who" of cool-climate vineyards, the wine includes grapes from MacRostie's Thale's Estate, Wildcat Mountain, Champlin Creek, and Sangiacomo vineyards. Amazingly, there are less than 5,000 cases each year. 
 
Why I Love It
MacRostie 2018 Sonoma Coast Pinot is at the top of my list for great everyday drinkers. This Pinot is perfectly balanced with silky tannins and deep red fruit. The aromatics burst from the glass without overwhelming the pallet. You can pick up a bottle at your local wine merchant for $26-$35, and it's well worth it.