MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2008

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 109155
  • white wine
  • WS92
  • WE90
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.1%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Very pale straw in color, with bright, creamy, lemon custard aromas, and a bit of floral vanilla to boot. In the mouth it is rich and round, with tropical pineapple and hints of key lime pie. Like said pie, the finish is both crisp and creamy.

Critical Acclaim

"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."
92 Points

"A very good, useful Chardonnay that's easy to drink, yet also quite complex. Brisk and crisp in acidity, it shows citrus mineral, green apple and floral notes, touched with smoky oak."
90 Points

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In the last two weeks, we've opened two of our four bottles. The oak was too prominent and quite bitterly and sharply unpleasant, especially with the first pour. The oak is less prominent on the nose, and allows some apple notes to come through. But on the palate, the oak--at this stage--dominates and obscures the other flavors, which are mainly apple with a hint of citrus and perhaps a little peach or mango in the background. The oak comes across like the bitter woody chemically aftertaste you'd get from chewing the yellow paint off a No. 2 pencil. However, things improved noticeably after the wine warmed up in the glass for thirty minutes or so: the oak subsided a bit and integrated with the apple/citrus to create a mildly bitter pineapple flavor on the palate. I'm going to wait a year or so to open my remaining two botttles to see if the oak integrates better. If you are opening now (end of 2012), this is one of those whites that would benefit from decanting and airing for an hour or so. Also, don't serve this wine too cold or all you will taste is wood. Just below room temperature is probably about right for this chard.
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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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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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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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