MacRostie Chardonnay 2002

Chardonnay from Carneros, California

Item No. 75231
  • white wine
  • WE90
  • W&S90
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • WS88

Winemaker's Notes

The full aromas give me an initial impression of ripe Golden Delicious apples and jasmine or citrus blossom. Next comes a suggestion of candied fruit – like a lemon drop. Mineral notes and a touch of caramel balance the wine's bright aromas. Pear and honeydew melon come forward. Oak provides a background for the complex fruit. The wine is soft and supple with that ideal level of acid characteristic of Carneros fruit. An impression of nectar imparts a rich, creamy texture. As the wine sits in my mouth, I taste a hint of butterscotch and barrel toast, finishing with nuances of toffee.
-Steve MacRostie

Ninety-four percent of the Chardonnay fermented in barrels, and primary fermentation was complete in 14 days. In barrel, all lots developed with sur lie (on the lees) aging. One hundred percent of the wine finished malolactic fermentation; all stirring of the lees took place during this secondary fermentation. The 2002 Carneros Chardonnay aged 8 months in oak barrels, 25% new and predominately French (with attractive spicy nuances contributed by a few Hungarian oak barrels). The wine went through light filtration and delicate fining. Growers: Sangiacomo, Beckstoffer, McCall, Beresini, Love, MacRostie (Wildcat Mountain), Thornton and Hountalas (Hi Vista).

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MacRostie Winery and Vineyards was founded by winemaker Steve MacRostie in 1987. As a believer in the unique character of Carneros fruit, and an innovative winemaker pioneering a more fresh and sophisticated style of Chardonnay, Steve dedicated himself to crafting wines embodying an authentic sense of place. In 1992, realizing the vast potential for producing stunning, age-worthy...

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Learn About Carneros

Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Notable Facts Both Chardonnay...

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Learn About Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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