MacRostie Winery holds a special place in my heart. Located in the cool Carneros region of Sonoma, I have to admit, I felt spoiled driving to work every day during crush in 2007. For three grueling months of physically demanding work, often lasting up to 10 hours a day, I have to say, crush was an experience of a lifetime! Despite being physically demanding, I am so thankful I had this experience. Not only did I gain hand-ons experience working in the cellar but I gained valuable knowledge of the wine making process as a whole. The discount on wine wasn't bad either!
Before leaving MacRostie, I purchased a 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Feeling the need to drink something exceptional, (and not the $10 bargain from my corner store,) I decided it was time to open the 2004 Cabernet. Being 6 years old, I was giddy with excitement when I opened the bottle. I could not wait to be introduced to this wine. When I smelt the wine I was blown away! First of all, I wasn't being introduced to someone new but rather catching up with an old friend. I could not get over the fact that I could smell the cellar where the wine was made. Some people might call this a defect but it wasn't that at all, it was purely sentimental. When I closed my eyes and smelled the wine I could literally remember the smells of the cellar and it took me right back to working at MacRostie. I was amazed and intrigued. The wine was structured, bold, rich and full of fruit and integrity. After drinking a glass the wine began to open up and I felt slightly guilty having opened the wine so young. The wine could be laid down for at least 4 more years. Maybe I should have waited to open this bottle but sometimes catching up with an old friend is priceless.
I have over 10 years experience in the Wine Industry and Hospitality. I have worked as a Cellar Rat, (Yep! That's a real job title), Tasting Room Manager, Sommelier, Wine Writer and Wine Judge. Through these experiences, I have seen a disconnect between wine knowledge and the enjoyment of wine. I am seeking to bridge the gap by removing the pretentiousness which only serves to intimidate.