2012 MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Wine & Spirits
*Best Buy* A number of vineyards contribute to the wine, including Sangiacomo at the base of the Sonoma Mountain and Saraleeís in the Russian River Valley. The various sites knit together well, creating an open and fragrant chardonnay redolent of wildflower honey and chanterelle mushrooms. Itís a gentle and harmonious wine that would show well paired with rabbit in a cream sauce.
*Editorsí Choice* So bright and zingy in acidity, and so ripe in tangerine, mango, lime fruit and honeysuckle, that you hardly notice the oak influence. Yet, itís there in the form of buttered toast. The result is a big, powerful Chardonnay, clean and vibrant, for drinking now with dramatic shellfish and pork dishes.
A rich and full-bodied expression, with ample fig, melon, apricot and spicy white flower scents that power through with no shortage of flavor. Toasty oak notes show on the finish.
MacRostie sourced the grapes for the 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay from several select Sonoma Coast vineyards including the "A-list" Sangiacomo Vineyard. The majority of the pristine fruit from this fine vintage was whole-cluster pressed into 18% new French oak for fermentation where it aged for an additional 6 months. A few lots were fermented in stainless steel to put some special emphasis on aromatic fruit characteristics. From the winery: "The wine is pale straw gold in color, with honeysuckle and jasmine aromas. Citrus flavors; kefir lime and tangerine, dominate the taste profile while the mouth feel is elegant and full, with a ripe pear and a touch of vanilla caramel from the oak. The finish is soft and smooth, very dry, but leaves lingering lush primary fruit flavors."