Macrostie Chardonnay Carneros 2012
"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 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.
Key lime taste apple and mango. Creamy and full bodied. Loamy. Very Good.
During my ongoing quest to rediscover Cal Chard, I was presently surprised to find the Macrostie 2007 Carneros Chard. While maintaining the rich style I associate with Cal Chards, the winemaker used enough restraint to ensure the elements were in harmony. Apple Tart layered with mild spice and vanilla with a refreshing hint of citrus acid made for a very enjoyable wine and a great launching point into what California Chard (not Burgundy style California Chard) can be.
Three and a half glasses
Straw bright, dull aromas of mangoes and pear,with yellow apple, mango on the front end, but wait...mid-palate the oak overwhelms, then the sharp acidity...where did the fruit and balance go...not a particularly graceful exit.
Stylish, nicely balanced cool-climate Chardonnay displaying ripe though restrained citrus and tropical fruits, lots of spiciness, and good depth. Not powerful, but harmonious and non-tiring to the palate, with a real sense of class.
This is a pretty classic Chardonnay-- even my friends who say they don't like Chards always like this wine. You can drink it now, but it will age pretty well, so at $16 a bottle, it makes a good cellar addition.
This wine doesn't disappoint-- I buy it online or order from the winery because the usual two places I go always sell out of it. This is the kind of wine you can serve at any function to any crowd, no matter how discerning, because the MacRostie Chardonnay really captures Carneros in the bottle.
External Reviews for Macrostie Chardonnay Carneros
A rich, elegant style, with intense, concentrated citrus, green apple, spice and fresh-cut flowers. Full-bodied, gaining depth and complexity on the finish, where the minerality shines through. Drink now through 2018.
A rich, elegant style, with intense, concentrated citrus, green apple, spice and fresh-cut flowers. Full-bodied, gaining depth and complexity on the finish, where the minerality shines through.