PinotFile Reviews of 2009 Waits-Mast Pinot Noir

June 24, 2012


The Priince of Pinot (aka Rusty Gaffney) reviews the 2009 lineup of Waits-Mast Pinot Noir. Highlights include:

2009 Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot Noir, Mendocino County: "Lovely aromas of wooded forest, wild berries and fresh cherries. Delicious essence of red Pinot fruits with a savory, spicy, herbal edge. Amazing fruit intensity on a rather delicate frame. Very soft in the mouth. A lighter, redder interpretation of Pinot from this vineyard in this vintage. Hint: If you see “Oppenlander Vineyard” on a Pinot wine label, buy it." (Pinot Geek icon)

2009 Hayley Vineyard Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley: "Aromas and flavors of black cap raspberries and black cherries with a subtle underlying earthy, herbal bent. Full-flavored and plush on the palate, with a juicy finish. A savory wine that aims to please....Very Good."

2009 Amber Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley: "Very reserve nose initially, opening slowly over time in the glass to reveal delicate aromas of dark cherries, Asian 5-spice and hibiscus. Delicious core of spiced black cherry and cola flavor with an underpinning of savory herbs. Soft and plush on the palate with modest tannins. A little warmth in the background. A very bold tasting, California style Pinot which will find fans. Very good."