2016 Wildcat Mountain Pinot Noir 1.5L
Pinot Noir

Wildcat Mountain

Sonoma Coast

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Pinot Noirs from Steve MacRostie's own Wildcat Vineyard always exhibit depth and complexity, the wine from this late-harvest vintage has a luxurious aromatic presence, and a long, flowing finish.

  • Tasting Notes
    The 2016 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir has a purple hue with matching plum aromas. Ripe raspberry, along with hints of cedar and spice give this wine a lifted and luxurious aromatic presence. On the palate, the entry is soft and the rich, with a mouthfilling texture that enhances impressions of mulling spice and tobacco. Gentle tannins add to the long, flowing finish of this very complex Pinot.
  • Accolades
    90 Points, Wine Enthusiast Advance Buying Guide: “This is a soft, delicate and lightly styled red from the appellation, earthy and quietly rich in caramelized oak and baked cherry. It has a nice balance of nutmeg and cola on the finish.” —Virginie Boone, February 2019
  • Wine Origin
    The grapes for this Pinot Noir came exclusively from our Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, owned by Steve MacRostie and his partners Nancy and Tony Lilly. There, the vines dig into the sparse volcanic soil and stand firm against the strong winds that race in off of the Pacific Ocean most afternoons. This fog-shrouded mountaintop vineyard is a classic Sonoma Coast site—cool and challenging—and produces wines of great distinction.
  • Production Notes
    The 2016 vintage started out with an early bud break followed by a warm growing season. Just when we were about to start picking we had a cool spell in late August. This helped slow things down and spread out the harvest. The grapes for our Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir came from a few different blocks of Wildcat Mountain. Clone 667 from the Arrow and Saddle blocks made up the majority of the blend, with a small amount being Pommard clone 5. All of these grapes were hand harvested in the cool early mornings on different days from September 9th through September 22nd, 2016.
  • Winemaker Notes
    The fruit was gently destemmed into small open-top fermenters, using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to avoid any pumping of must. Inoculation with select yeast strains followed a three-day cold soak, and the caps were managed with a combination of pump-overs and punch-downs. Blending fruit from different areas of the vineyard and different clones gives this wine depth and complexity. The Pinot Noir from Arrow Block provides the lush tannin and adds lively fruit aromatics. Saddle Block is an area of the vineyard that is very exposed to the wind, which contributes dense color and a long finish. After 10 months of ageing in French oak barrels, 30% new oak and 32% one-year-old, we bottled the wine on August 17th, 2017.