MacRostie Chardonnay, Sonoma County, California, 2012 (750ml)
The wine is pale straw gold in color, with honey-suckle 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.
"A number of vineyards contribute to this wine, including Sangiacomo at the base of Sonoma Mountain and Saralee’s in the Russian River Valley. The various sites knit together well, creating an open and fragrant chardonnay redolent of wildflower honey and chanterelle mushrooms. It’s a gentle and harmonious wine that would show well paired with rabbit in a cream sauce.
92 Points Wine & Spirits
"So bright and zingy in acidity, and so ripe in tangerine, mango, lime fruit and honeysuckle, that you hardly notice the oak influence. Yet, it’s 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.
90 Points Wine Enthusiast
2011 Wine Enthusiast:90 Tasting Panel:90
2010 Wine Enthusiast:91
2009 Wine Enthusiast:90
2008 Wine Spectator 92 Wine Enthusiast:90