Macrostie Chardonnay 2011
"The grapes for this Chardonnay came from several excellent vineyards in southern Sonoma, where the Sonoma Coast meets Carneros, including the Sangiacomo, Champlin Creek, Hi Vista, and Rodgers Creek vineyards. Making their debut this season were some prime Russian River properties as well, including Saralee and the famous Dutton Ranch. The Wildcat MountainVineyard, high up in the hills, foggy, windy, and truly coastal in its cool temperament, played a significant role as well. The 2010 growing season was the coolest in memory, and then 2011 came along to show us what “cool” really means, with an even lower total heat accumulation and an even later harvest! Longer “hang time” makes for good flavor development, though, and the lower sugars at harvest made for ideally balanced juice. Yields were moderate, averaging 3-5 tons/acre. All of the grapes destined for the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay blend were harvested by hand between September 27 and October 20. The wine is pale straw gold in color, with bright lavender, wet stone and citrus aromas, with a touch of creamy custard. In the mouth it is elegant and full, with crisp apple and ripe pear flavors, plus a touch of vanilla caramel from the oak. The finish is soft and smooth, very dry, but leaves lingering lush primary fruit flavors." -Winery
MacRostie Winery and Vineyards is dedicated to producing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Merlot from the finest Carneros and Sonoma Coast fruit. Featuring estate-grown bottlings from MacRostie's acclaimed Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, the winery also uses grapes from the top sustainably farmed vineyards in those appellations.
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In the glass, this nuanced Carneros Chardonnay is a beautiful pale gold,offering inviting aromatics reminiscent of baked custard and lemon oil. On the palate thewine reveals balanced layers of apple and tropical fruit, accented by a hint of enticing cinnamon spice. The finish is clean, crisp and refreshing, inviting another sip. Though already drinking beautifully, this wine will only gain depth and texture with a few months in bottle.
Sonoma Coast, CaliforniaMacRostie Chardonnay is a white wine gem from the Sonoma Coast region north of San Francisco. MacRostie Winery and Vineyards was founded by winemaker Steve MacRostie in 1987. As an innovative winemaker pioneering a sophisticated style of Chardonnay, Steve dedicated himself to crafting wines embodying an authentic sense of place. MacRostie's Chardonnays were soon widely hailed for their unique balance of cool-climate structure and bright Carneros fruit. This vintage was sourced from several prime vineyards in southern Sonoma, where the Sonoma Coast meets Carneros, including the Sangiacomo, Champlin Creek, Hi Vista, and Rodgers Creek vineyards in addition to the winery's own Wildcat Mountain Estate Vineyard. The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed immediately after harvest. Most of the juice was then racked to French and Hungarian oak barrels for fermentation (20 percent new). To emphasize more delicate fruit and aromatic components in the final blend, a few lots were tank fermented and saw no oak. Once dry and finished with malolactic fermentation, the barrel-fermented lots were aged on the lees for six months for added complexity. MacRostie Chardonnay is a beautiful pale straw color with bright, creamy, lemon custard aromas, and a bit of floral vanilla. On the palate the wine is rich and round, revealing balanced layers of tropical pineapple and hints of key lime pie. The finish is both crisp and creamy, inviting another sip. Though already drinking beautifully, this wine will only gain in depth and texture with a few months in bottle.Enjoy MacRostie Chardonnay over the next 4-5 years with grilled swordfish, roast chicken, veal, grilled vegetables and cheeses.
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